Letters: Would Zenith's oil terminal withstand quake?
The Aug. 1 Portland Tribune article "Zenith to triple its oil train capacity at Portland terminal," explains that the Zenith oil facility in Northwest Portland was constructed before the "elevated quake risk was identified." Now the seismic liquefaction danger is clear.
The article quotes a 2015 report prepared for Arc Logistics, the previous owner: "... the cost of seismic restraint for the proposed structure would be prohibitive...."
Not surprising, whatever the cost. What structure could withstand the predicted 9.0 quake? Trouble is, current owner, Zenith Energy, is planning to store toxic and explosive tar sands oil within these seismically unsound tanks.
If it's cost-prohibitive or, more likely, impossible to ensure public safety, why is Zenith allowed to endanger our people, our city and our waterways? Prohibit Zenith from operating.
City government not listening about Zenith
Despite the packed auditorium at the public meeting on July 15, and not a single person speaking in favor of Zenith's unhealthy and dangerous oil movements, three days after the meeting the city government announced that it approved a permit that Zenith had filed for.
The public should be outraged over the city government's catering to corporate interests while risking the lives and health of its own citizens. Looks like we need a new mayor with the guts to stand up to big oil.
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