Around five years ago, proposals to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel superhighway popped up left and right. But just as quickly, people across the region began organizing in opposition. From fishermen to Tribal leaders to health professionals, a resounding no met the proposals in strong opposition. We can, and must, do better.
Of the six proposed coal terminals, only one proposal remains thanks to the hundreds of thousands of voices that have spoken up. Four key oil terminals remain to be defeated but we wont stop fighting until they are prevented for once and for all.
Explore the map below to see the impact of comments, rallies, resolutions, and protests that are keeping the Pacific Northwest defended from these proposals.
Recent Campaign Highlights
Cherry Point, WA
The proposed coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, is defeated after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision and denied a federal permit this May. The Corps ruled the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights and ancestral lands of Lummi Nation. This giant win takes down the fifth of six coal proposals in the Northwest!
This spring, you helped the Power Past Coal coalition set a record: over a quarter million comments were submitted on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Millennium coal terminal in Longview. The proposed 44 million ton coal export facility would have devastating health and environmental impacts. We won’t stop speaking up until this last PNW coal proposal is defeated.
The nation’s largest proposed oil terminal is nearing the end of its review with adjudication hearings underway this summer. Communities, businesses, Tribal members, and health professionals across the state have turned out in droves to say no to the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal, including over 276,000 comments submitted in response to the Draft EIS. Governor Inslee is expected to make a final decision on the proposal this winter.
Sixteen train cars carrying crude oil derailed along the shores of the Columbia River in June. Four train cars caught fire and tens of thousands of gallons of oil spilled into the river, soil, and the water treatment plant of the nearby town of Mosier. A too-close-to-home reminder of the urgency of our work to stand up to an increase in oil being transported through Washington – we can and must do better.
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