The city of Portland has rejected the expansion of the Zenith Energy terminal

A Texas-based company has rejected the expansion of a crude oil terminal in northwestern Portland over environmental health and safety concerns.

Portland, Ore – Portland City announced Friday that it has rejected the expansion of an oil terminal in northwestern Portland.

Zenit is a Texas-based oil logistics company that supplies fuel tanks worldwide. The gas station receives crude oil from trains across the Pacific Northwest, stores it in tanks, and transports it to ships or pipelines.

According to 2018 figures, the BNSF railway line from Vancouver to Northern Portland will be completed in the coming year. In 2016, he saw only 34 oil tanker cars. Two years later, the road saw 2,836 trains. The BNSF route from East St. John to Wilbridge was only two cars in 2016, and 2,836 in 2018.

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“These crude oils in the sand are different from what we think,” says former Oregon / Oregon live correspondent Gordon Friedman. It contains sand particles that can pose additional environmental hazards, but they are also dangerous to breathe. so that [if it were to spill, it contains] It contains a cancer-causing chemical called benzene, and a chemical called hydrogen sulfide, which can cause respiratory problems.

Portland Commissioners, along with several state legislators, strongly oppose the LUCS, which is required to expand to Zenith. LUCS is a form from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to determine whether that business license is compliant with local government plans and land use regulations. The Bureau of Urban Development Services officially rejected LUCS on Friday morning.

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“While the current zoning code does not prohibit its activities, the City of Portland has recently adopted comprehensive planning policies to address the challenges and challenges facing Portland, including climate change and the need for clean, renewable energy, disaster prevention and disaster preparedness, and negative impact on local and historically marginalized groups. Resolving Impacts, ”BDS Director Rebecca Esau wrote to Zenit.

State Rep. Kanh Fam supported the city’s decision, saying in part: “Credit to Portland’s commitment to climate justice is hard work for lawyers and community members.” The decision on Zenit Energy is not just a step in the right direction. Portland Climate Obligations. It also represents an example of the courageous action that other cities and counties should take as climate change accelerates.

In a statement on Friday, the company said it planned to appeal the decision.

We are particularly saddened by the city’s confusing decision, as we know that our transition to a fully renewable energy facility is in line with the values ​​and goals set out in Portland City’s 2035 General Plan.

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