Portland City Council Denies the LUCS!
The fight goes on as Zenith continues to operate. You can still help.
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Portland City Council has just denied the LUCS (Land Use Compatibility Statement) for Zenith and DEQ has denied their Title V Air Quality Permit renewal. DEQ’s denial will take effect in 60 days unless Zenith requests an administrative hearing. In the meantime Zenith will continue to operate.
For now the best way to help is to stayed tuned as things evolve by visiting this website and thank City Commissioners at the addresses provided on this page.
In addition to thanking City Council we also want to thank County commissioners and State Legislators who pressured the City to deny the LUCS. They are listed on this page.
Thank City Commissioners
Mayor Ted Wheeler
Commissioner Dan Ryan
Commissioner Joann Hardesty
Commissioner Mingus Mapps
Commissioner Carmen Rubio
Reasons to say NO to Zenith Energy because:
Dangerous oil trains are running through our neighborhoods carrying large amounts of flammable or poisonous oil from the tar sands of Canada and the Bakken fields of North Dakota.
Five years ago, an oil train derailed and burst into flames in Mosier Oregon. Fortunately, no one was hurt. We might not be so fortunate next time.
Tar Sands oil is one of the most destructive and least efficient fossil fuel extraction process on the planet, with about 70% more carbon emitted per unit of energy.
The gallons of oil Zenith brought through Portland was eleven times higher in 2019 than it was in 2018 and increased again in 2020.
At Zenith’s NW Portland operations, oil is stored and loaded onto ocean-going ships that travel down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers endangering our waterways.
Diesel exhaust from these oil trains contain more than 40 hazardous pollutants that cause extreme air particulate and noxious pollution as they are openly vented. They pose a health threat to the communities along the tracks.
Zenith expanded their crude oil terminal in Northwest Portland without first getting the necessary permits to operate. The City has denied their LUCS and DEQ has denied their Air Quality Permit but they continue to operate.
Adding to the peril, Zenith Energy’s terminal is in the North Portland Industrial area, a region at high risk of liquefaction in the event of an earthquake. The threat of irreparable damage and pollution would occur in the event of an earthquake.
Watch this video from Breach Collective to find out how.