OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Environmental groups and the Quinault Indian Nation said Wednesday they have convinced the Washington State Shorelines Hearing Board (SHB) to reverse its decision to issue permits to two oil terminals in Grays Harbor County, Wash.
The permits were issued for the terminals to accommodate a large increase in crude oil train traffic rolling in from oil rich regions in the Dakotas and Canada. A predicted 38 million barrels of crude oil would be sent through the state to Grays Harbor County every year.
The groups said the State Board agreed with the Quinault Indian Nation, Friends of Grays Harbor, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Grays Harbor Audubon and Citizens for a Clean Harbor that the projects cannot proceed with only minimal environmental review.
Backers of the shipments can now appeal the decision or begin a larger environmental impact investigation.
The groups said in a news release Wednesday they will now call on other state agencies to block the oil shipments until further studies are done.
They said such an increase in shipments puts the state at serious risk for accidents that could lead to major spills on sensitive lands and water bodies.