Preliminary planning to export crude oil from the Port of Grays Harbor has begun. Last week, a public hearing was held in Aberdeen, and after a brief presentation from Gary Nelson, executive director for the Port of Grays Harbor, questions were opened to the public. Concerned citizens asked about the ability of the rail system to handle the additional burden, the impact to traffic in Aberdeen, noise of operations, what refineries the crude is going to, and, of course, the risk of oil spills in the harbor. The crowd also made it clear to Port officials that they want more public hearings on the topic.
Citizens for a Clean Harbor will be hosting a public meeting to discuss crude by rail at the Hoquiam High School Commons, Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30PM. Please attend if you’re concerned about this! https://www.facebook.com/events/204882579654922/