If approved, the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal would generate approximately 170,000 tank-car trips per year. According to the American Association of Railroads, there are 0.013 train accidents with a release per thousand Hazmat train cars. (www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/Documents/energy/Hellman-present..pdf)
On that basis, the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal would generate approximately two train accidents with a release per year. Some of the spills could cause major damage to salmon habitat.
Crude oil is not like motor oil; it contains dissolved gases. When a tank car is punctured, gases can rush out and find a spark. Some of the derailments will have the potential to ignite and cause a major forest fire or fatalities.
In 1982, Republican Gov. John Spellman defied his own party and the White House to reject a pipeline under Puget Sound and across the Cascades. He said, “There’s no reason for us to spoil the state, and the people don’t want it spoiled.”
Send that same message to Gov. Jay Inslee by attending the public hearing for the Tesoro-Savage terminal at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds from 1 to 11 p.m. Jan. 5. RSVP at www.sc.org/RidgefieldHearing to let us know you’re coming.