Hoquiam Moving Forward with Plans for Crude Oil
The City of Hoquiam announced that they will join the Washington Department of Ecology to act as co-lead agencies for the environmental review of the Westway Terminal Tank Farm Expansion Project proposal for shipping crude oil from the Port of Grays Harbor.
Westway Terminal Company proposes to expand its existing bulk liquid storage to allow for crude oil unit trains, storage of crude oil, and shipment of crude oil out of the Port. 4 new storage tanks would be added to the Port, each capable of holding 200,000 barrels, or 8,400,000 gallons of crude. The project estimates that the terminal would receive 9,600,000 barrels of oil per year.
This expansion would have permitting completed by April 30, with construction lasting through December 2013, and a new facility brought into service January 2014.
Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay said that both agencies have determined that it will not have probable significant impact on the environment, showing that the chances of erosion are minimal on the land. This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the City of Hoquiam. This information is available to the public on request.
According to the checklist, the rail traffic at the completed facility will increase trains coming into the Port from 3 per week to 5 per week. The vessel traffic will also eventually increase by 5 ships coming into Grays Harbor per month. The completed site would bring minimal worker traffic into the facility. These factors are not expected to impact any existing traffic.
Comments or written statements appealing the determination must be filed with the City of Hoquiam by March 29, 2013. Both the City and Dept. of Ecology will not act on this proposal until April 13.