After years of work, we were finally able to defeat Shell’s proposed oil train terminal in Anacortes last fall.
Now, the neighboring Tesoro refinery is proposing to build a $400 million xylene plant that would increase the risk of a chemical spill in the Salish Sea and increase tanker traffic and greenhouse gases. Xylene is a flammable petrochemical used to make plastic and synthetic materials that would be shipped to China.
The project could also be used to facilitate the export of Bakken crude oil brought in from N. Dakota, shipped on additional oil trains.
The draft environmental impact statement has been released and the public comment period runs till May 8th. More details about the project here, comment form here, you can email here, and/or you can call and record a message at (877) 685-7356 (toll free).