Oil-train terminal plans derailed on appeal

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Oil-train terminal plans derailed on appeal

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Officials are rejecting permits for two major oil-train terminals in southwest Washington after deciding the projects should face more environmental scrutiny.

The state Shorelines Hearings Board says it plans to invalidate permits for two oil shipping terminals at the Port of Grays Harbor.

The City of Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology approved the proposals last spring, after finding that they posed minimal threat to the environment.

The Quinalt Indian Nation, Sierra Club and other groups appealed the decision.

They argued that city and state officials failed to consider the cumulative environmental impacts of having the two terminals next to a third terminal planned nearby.

The board agreed and said the effects of increased train and vessel traffic need to be considered, as does the damage that could be posed by an oil spill.