September 12, 2017
On behalf of the Protect Tacoma Tideflats Coalition and Stand Up To Oil in response to a new permit application submitted for US Oil refinery expansion:
“It is difficult for this city to take US Oil’s proposal at face value. If this expansion is truly about clean fuels, then US Oil should have no problem supporting the planning commissions ban on new fossil fuel proposals. Right now, Tacoma has major decisions to make about its future. People in this city have made it clear: they do not want more dirty energy in their neighborhoods, polluting their community. Without assurances to the community, this appears like nothing more than a back-door to expanding oil and gas in a city ready to transition to a more vibrant future.”
- US Oil’s application: https://aca.accela.com/tacoma/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=Permits&TabName=Permits&capID1=DUB17&capID2=00000&capID3=00BTM&agencyCode=
- Sightline Institute’s June 2017 report, “Northwest Targets” identified Tacoma as the second most vulnerable place in the region for oil & gas expansions: http://www.sightline.org/2017/06/20/northwest-targets-communities-threatened-by-fossil-fuels/. This project is just more proof of how exposed the city is.
- Public hearing on interim regulations: September 13, 2017 @ 6 pm – Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Hall A. For more information, see: http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/Planning/Tideflats/InterimRegulations/TideflatsPublicReviewBook9-13-17.pdf
About Stand Up to Oil: Stand Up to Oil is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest. Standuptooil.org
About Protect Tacoma Tideflats Coalition: Protect Tacoma Tideflats is a growing coalition of community members and organizations dedicated to investing in a cleaner future for the Tideflats. https://www.facebook.com/protecttacomastideflats/