Northwest Environmental Defense Center

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Global Partners and the Great Deception

By Marla Nelson, Staff Attorney

If you drive along Highway 30 you can’t help but notice when a unit train carrying crude oil barrels past.  The community of Rainier certainly can’t help but notice as the crude oil trains slice through their downtown, bisecting and cutting off the Cornerstone Cafe on one side of East A Street from Hometown Pizza on the other.  And of course the neighbors of the crude oil transloading facility located at Port Westward in Clatskanie, Oregon notice the activity: they hear every train as it approaches the facility and every broadcast made from the facility’s announcement system.  Cascade Kelly Holdings and its owner, Global Partners LP (Global), had quietly transformed a former ethanol production facility into a terminal for transloading millions of gallons of highly explosive Bakken crude oil.

The Clatskanie crude oil terminal is right next to the small family farm of one of NEDC’s members, with Mount St. Helen’s in the distance

Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 ways Northwest Innovation Works' proposed methanol export facility will change our landscape

By Marla Nelson, Staff Attorney

Northwest Innovation Works has proposed a methanol manufacturing, storage, and marine export facility for the Port of Kalama. The Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County are preparing an analysis of the likely impacts of the project under Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). NEDC and Columbia Riverkeeper submitted comments on December 4, 2014 suggesting the Port complete a full and accurate scope for its SEPA analysis.