People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon July 29, 2013
Hundreds Protest Vancouver Oil Terminal
Hundreds of people came to Vancouver's waterfront Saturday for a sun-baked demonstration against the fossil fuel industry, and its projects in the Northwest. April Baer reports.
The climate change advocates 350.org organized a national day of action around the broad range of fossil fuels. But the Port of Vancouver's recent decision approving a train-to-tanker-ship oil terminal for West Coast refineries added grist for protestors like Pat Douglass of Vancouver. She's not happy about the oil terminal project, and wants to stop encouraging fossil fuel industries.
Douglass: "I think to ask individuals on their own to make changes is one part of the answer, butŠ part of our power is to stop the transport."
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Friday the state will not prejudge extensive permitting process lying ahead for the terminal. But he added it's important for Tesoro to answer questions about the safety at the facility.
The activists spent part of the protest marshalling their forces for several upcoming permit reviews.
Canvasser: "We've got public comment cards, available for people to sign."
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