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ICYMI: Shell Accepts Defeat of Oil Train Facility Proposal

Proposals Cancellation Follows Defeat of Oil Train Facilities in San Luis Obispo and Benicia, California

ANACORTES, WA - Late yesterday, Shell announced that it has ended its efforts to construct an oil train facility in Anacortes, WA. Prior to its announcement, more than 35,000 people had submitted written comments demanding that the proposal be rejected.

"This is a historic victory for the people of Skagit and across Washington,” said Stephanie Hillman, Northwest Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club. “The people of Washington continue to lead the charge to keep dirty fuels in the ground, with tens of thousands of people blocking this dirty and dangerous project."

Shell’s announcement comes 24 hours after the San Luis Obispo, CA Planning Commission rejected Phillips 66 oil train facility, and two weeks after the City Council of Benicia, CA rejected Valero’s proposed oil train facility.

“The American people have spoken: They do not want dirty and dangerous fossil fuel projects that will threaten their communities, their clean air and water, and the climate,” said Lena Moffitt, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign. “The only solution is to keep dirty fuels in the ground, and hasten our transition onto 100% clean, renewable energy.”

All told, the Shell, Phillips 66, and Valero proposals would have brought at least 1,500 tank cars carrying crude oil through our communities each week.


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