Appeal Filed Against Port of Grays Harbor Crude-By-Rail

May 20, 2013, KXRO Newsradio

A coalition of citizens and organizations have filed an appeal to the permit granted to Westway Terminal Company, LLC by the City of Hoquiam and Department of Ecology for a possible crude-by-rail project at the Port of Grays Harbor.

The coalition includes Friends of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Audubon Society, Citizens for A Clean Harbor, Surfrider Foundation, and Sierra Club.

Citing failure to follow the law and errors in application of the law, the appeal asks the Shorelines Hearings Board to reverse the permit and the MDNS and require an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

The appeal states that the review was conducted looking at simply the addition of storage tanks, and not the impact crude oil being added to the port could bring. They allege that once construction on the addition is completed, any business looking at crude-by-rail could expand at will without further review.

The group also alleges that the quantity of oil alone on the port should require an EIS, saying, “If all three proposals move forward, there will be 97,4000,000 gallons of crude oil at the estuary’s edge where there has been little or none before. In addition it is possible that a full unit train with its 3,200,000 gallons could also be waiting to unload.”

The public comment period for the project was closed in April.

The Quinault Indian Nation filed a similar appeal.

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