Skagit County Hearing Examiner Requires Environmental Impact Study for Shell’s Crude-by-Rail Oil Rail

by Tom Glade Monday, February 23, 2015 10:39 PM

February 23, 2015

Evergreen Islands and our partners commend Mr. Wick Dufford, Skagit County’s Hearing Examiner, for having the integrity to require an Environmental Impact Statement for Shell’s Bakken oil rail terminal project – at a time when most state and local officials have averted their eyes..

The onslaught of Bakken oil trains traversing Washington State has cast a specter of disaster across our state – exposing the peoples and environments of not only Skagit County but also a significant portion of our state to the risk of huge oil spills and horrific, uncontrollable fires.

In his decision, Mr. Dufford recognizes that the enormity of the environmental impacts associated with the Bakken oil trains and specifically Shell’s Bakken oil trains exceed the “probable significant, adverse environmental impact” test required for an Environmental Impact Statement.

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