- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) - A few hundred people turned out to testify at a hearing on two oil terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam.

KXRO-AM says protesters rallied against before Thursday’s public hearing in Aberdeen. They came from around Grays Harbor as well as others who bused in from Olympia, Vancouver and Portland, Oregon.

Westway Terminal Co. and Renewable Energy Group, which acquired Imperium, want to expand existing facilities to bring crude oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. The oil would then be transported by tankers or barges to refineries in Puget Sound and northern California.

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp says the environment needs to be protected.

Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay says it’s clear people have concerns about train traffic, risk of oil spills and air quality.

Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology are getting comments on the draft environmental studies until Oct. 29.


Information from: KXRO-AM, https://www.kxro.com

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