Citizens for a Clean Harbor

Participate in EFSEC Tesoro DEIS Hearings in Vancouver

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On Tuesday, Jan 5th, your voice is needed in Vancouver!

Attend the hearing and rally- or send comments.

During our recent DEIS Hearings, 100 Vancouver residents came to Aberdeen, to give comments for us. Let’s go show our solidarity in the fights against Crude Oil Terminals.

It’s time for a Field Trip!

We will have a Van (or Bus), but we need to know if you can come along. Please RSVP at the email below!  This will help us make plans, which need to get started before the holidays.

Our tentative schedule is to depart the (old) TOP Foods parking lot at 12 noon, Tuesday Jan 5th, which puts us in Vancouver about 3pm. We can comment and stay for the 5pm Rally.  Please wear red!

Here are the details for forming your comments:

Click here to read an overview of the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal DEIS and submit comments.

The DEIS is available on the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s website The DEIS evaluates impacts of the Proposed Project from construction, onsite operations, and offsite rail and vessel transportation, including a cumulative environmental impact analysis.

Comments on the DEIS will be accepted during the comment period, which began on November 24, 2015 and will end on January 22, 2016. Comments can be submitted:

Online at:

By mail at:

State of Washington
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
P.O. Box 43172
Olympia, WA 98504

We hope you will be able to join us! Please RSVP here:

Thank you,

Tammy Domike
Field coordinator Citizens for a Clean Harbor

Testimony and other Tips from Don Steinke:

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Please put some of these items on your To-Do list.

  1. Compose your testimony for the January 5 public hearing on the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal.
  2. Attend the Port of Vancouver Commissioners meeting at 9:30 am December 22
  3. Use your social media to invite people to the hearing.
  4. Write a letter to the editor (LTE), inviting people to the hearing.
  5. Submit written comments to EFSEC as you have time.  Google “EFSEC Tesoro DEIS”

Topic 1:  Testimony                                              -continued below-

You will be allowed only two minutes to speak.  Compose your testimony now, and it could serve as the basis for an LTE.

Big picture messaging:  Although the Draft EIS is deeply flawed, it contains enough information about significant and unavoidable impacts, to reject this terminal outright.

Furthermore, the cumulative effect of all the impacts makes for an overwhelming case for rejection.  Derailment spills cannot be prevented, and at best, only 14% of the oil is ever recovered.


  • The agency reps are more likely to remember a story than a bunch of facts.
  • Make it personal.  Speak from the heart.  Get in touch with your gut feelings about why this matters to you.  Stick to one topic if possible.  Other people will cover the other topics. Righteous indignation is good.
  • If possible, describe about some errors in the draft EIS.
  • If you don’t know a fact, ask EFSEC to find out and include the answer in the EIS.
  • Begin by saying your name and what neighborhood you live in.
  • Time it, practice it,  and don’t be shy.   The best speaker in the world reads his speeches and so can you.  Take the time to adjust the microphone, I prefer to remove the mike and hold it under my chin if possible.
  • Young people can be most effective addressing the older generation’s failure to protect their future from climate catastrophe.  My grandson says, “Turn the trains around, leave it in the ground.”
  • Conclude your comment with –“These impacts cannot be mitigated.  Reject the terminal.”

Testimony starter ideas can be found at the bottom.

Topic 2:  Port of Vancouver Commissioners Open Forum

When:  Tuesday, December 22, 9:30 a.m.

Where:  3103 NW Lower River Road, 98660

We’d like to pack the room.

This is Nancy Baker’s last meeting before she is replaced by Eric LaBrant.  We want to be polite, maybe even thanking her for her years of service.

But this is also the last Port meeting before the hearing.

Suggested speaking themes:

  1. What the Port didn’t know when they signed the lease, could hurt us all.
  2. They trusted the process, but it has been sabotaged by Tesoro.  Last June, EFSEC said the draft EIS needed a complete rewrite because it did not meet minimum standards.  Then Tesoro told EFSEC, give us a firm date and hurry it up.   EFSEC chose November 24, and the Draft EIS has been released, even though it still fails to meet minimum standards.
  3. Knowing what they know now, would you be happy if EFSEC recommended approval?
  4. How long do you want this property to be in limbo?  You could cancel the lease today, next August or wait until Tesoro has run out of appeals.

Topic 3  Use Social Media to invite people to the hearing.

Looks like we will have a kick-ass hearing.  So far, 400 people have committed to being there.

January 5, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fair Grounds, 1 pm to 11 pm

Use this link on FB so we can give people a reminder.

Wear red! and try to be there the whole day.

The hearing will be in a heated exhibition hall. 

We’ll have a rally at 5 pm with special speakers in our hospitality room, across the path from the hearing hall.

Topic 4  Write an LTE to the Columbian, ending with an invitation to the hearing. 

Include this link for RSVPs

Keep your letter under 200 words and include your contact information for verification.

Topic 5  Submit some written comments to EFSEC as time allows. 

You can use this link for a generic comment or customize it.

Topic 6 Great press coverage.

Potential conflict of interest exposed by Rob Davis of the Oregonian.

Rob Davis again:  Saying the draft EIS has errors and low-balls the risks.

Tesoro flyer condemned by the Carnegie Foundation

The Spellman Pipeline story,,20081997,00.html

Sample testimony starters:

  1. My name is Pete, and I live in Washougal.  Derailment spills, and fires are almost guaranteed.  My daughter runs a pre-school near the tracks.  Derailment spills usually catch fire.  My daughter has no car.  How will she be able to evacuate the children?  Industry is misleading the public on preparedness and so is the Department of Ecology.  Maybe it is because the same retired BNSF executive who wrote the Draft EIS, also helped write Ecology’s Oil Transportation Safety Act.  Fire fighters cannot protect people from an exploding oil train.  You will not be able to avoid burns and deaths.  You can’t mitigate that.
  2. My name is Pete and I live along the Lewis River.  I’m a steel-header.  Climate Scientists have forecast increases in extreme weather events like we had in December which wiped out a million salmon in the hatchery.  Climate Change is expensive.  The cost of inaction is high.  You cannot be part of the problem, you need to be part of the solution.  It will take 1000 years for nature to recapture the carbon pollution.  You can’t mitigate that.
  3. My name is Pete, and I live along the Cowlitz, and this is our grandson Marlen.  We are now dangerously close to the tipping point to non-linear irreversible global warming.  Feedback loops are alarming.  You have a public trust obligation to protect the climate and the atmosphere for my grandson and for yours as well.  To approve this oil terminal would be reckless.  “These impacts cannot be mitigated.  Reject the terminal.”
  4. My name is Pete, and I live along the Old Evergreen Highway.  You need to rewrite the chapter on rail risk assessment.  We have ten volunteers, and 5 newspaper reporters who are more current on oil train safety than the consultant you hired.  Thirteen oil trains have crashed and burned in the last three years and many of them exploded, and we have trouble sleeping wondering if the next one will occur across the street.  You cannot mitigate the impact of a derailment spill and fire in our neighborhood.
  5. My name is Pete and I live in West Vancouver.  I have asthma.  Our air is already degraded with the 60 trains that pass through every day.   Add to that the routine emissions this project and associated trains will generate and I could die, particularly when there is an occasional hiccup in the equipment like there was in Anacortes twice last year.   It will not be possible to mitigate for our degraded air quality.  Reject the project.
  6. My name is Pete and I live on Hayden Island.  In 1982, The Speaker of the House told Republican Governor Spellman, we want you to approve a the pipeline across the Cascades because we sorely need the jobs.That was the same argument they used in support of Trojan and Satsop nuclear power plants.  They got those jobs but Trojan has been shut down and the Satsop projects were discontinued after $5 billion were wasted.  We need to invest in the future not the past.  There will be more local jobs in wind and solar, than in an oil terminal.Republican Governor Spellman defied his own party and President Reagan to reject the oil pipeline.  He said the people don’t want us to spoil the state.  We still don’t.  Tell that to Governor Inslee.
  7. My name is Pete and I’m from the town of Skamania.  Our fire district passed a resolution opposing the oil terminal because our volunteer fire department cannot access much of the rail line, much less protect us from an oil train fire.  Our resolution needs to be included in the EIS.  A derailment spill and fire in our neighborhood cannot be avoided or mitigated.
  8. I’m Pete and I’m from the Hough Neighborhood.  Our neighborhood along with 13 others in the city, passed resolutions opposing the oil terminal.  Make that part of the EIS.  The governor needs to know that.  Also include the official resolutions of opposition or concern from the Cities of Vancouver, Portland, Mosier, Hood River, The Dalles, Washougal, and Spokane.  Also include the resolution of opposition from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Columbia Gorge Commission, and the Washington State Council of Firefighters, and Commissioner Goldmark and the ten tribal leaders that co-signed his Op-Ed 15 months ago.

According to your draft EIS, this proposed terminal would generate plenty of significant adverse impacts that can’t be avoided or mitigated.  Reject the terminal.

Thanks for being part of the fight.

Don and Alona Steinke

Claudia Woodward-Rice • December 20, 2015

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