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Westport town hall tonight to focus on crude by rail

November 12, 2013

A town hall meeting tonight in Westport will continue the discussion on crude by rail in Grays Harbor.

Three separate projects have been planned at the Port of Grays Harbor.

Greater Grays Harbor Inc. says that the proposed expansions by Westway Terminal and Imperium Renewables would result in $143 million to the community. Together, the projects are projected to bring hundreds of direct and indirect jobs to the area, meaning hundreds of family-wage jobs for the community and millions more in annual income.

Rail proponents have argued that shipping oil by train is exceptionally safe, while the Quinault Indian Nation, the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and others appealed the Westway and Imperium permits. In October, the permits issued by the City of Hoquiam were revoked by the state Shorelines Hearings Board after deciding the projects need more environmental scrutiny.

The City of Westport will host the town hall meeting tonight at 5 pm in McCausland Hall located on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum.

The meeting will feature both sides of the discussion, with each side given 30 minutes for their comments and presentations to the City Council, followed by a question and answer session & council discussion.

The Westport City Council meeting will follow the town hall.


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