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Statement on Governor Inslee’s Denial of Vancouver Energy’s Proposed Oil Terminal

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Statement of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission on Governor Inslee’s Denial of Vancouver Energy’s Proposed Oil Terminal

Jaime A. Pinkham, Executive Director


Portland, OR. – Today, the Governor’s decision on the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal showed that the health of the Columbia River and the safety of its citizens matters most. The denial of Vancouver Energy’s permit to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the nation is a decision that we all celebrate. Throughout the application process, the Yakama Nation, Umatilla Tribe, and CRITFC vigorously asserted the interests of the Columbia River and those who depend on it. Today’s denial is based on real risks to our communities and the Columbia River.

We are pleased that Governor Inslee agreed with the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s decision and formally stopped this project. However, we must remain vigilant. There are other challenges facing the Columbia River Basin, but today’s victory shows us that they can be overcome when we work together.


About CRITFC. The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.

CRITFC, formed in 1977, employs biologists, other scientists, public information specialists, policy analysts and administrators who work in fisheries research and analyses, advocacy, planning and coordination, harvest control and law enforcement.

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