Portland should say “NO!” to Pembina Pipeline’s propane export terminal

On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will decide whether to allow a massive propane export facility to be built at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 along the Columbia River. This facility will put our communities and our environment at risk.

We need your help to send a strong message to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that it should reject the Pembina Pipeline Propane Terminal.

Pembina Hearing, photo by Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Pembina Pipeline is proposing to build a propane facility at Terminal 6. The propane, which is a byproduct of hydraulic fracking in Canada’s Sedimentary Basin, would arrive in Portland on mile-long unit trains and then be exported to China on ships. The energy required to power the propane facility would account for 0.7% of Portland’s CO2 emissions, and the propane shipped to China could account for as much as 0.01% of global CO2 emissions. Our communities will be put at risk by not only the huge blast zone surrounding the facility but also by a huge increase in explosive propane moving through the Portland area by boat and rail. Learn more about the risks posed by the proposed facility.

How You Can Help

  1. Come to the hearing and rally to oppose the propane terminal
    Date: April 7, 2015
    Location: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
    Time: Rally begins at 2:15 p.m.; hearing runs 3-8 p.m.
    Details: Testimony is limited to two minutes per person. Please wear red and show up for the rally at 2:15 p.m.!
  2. Email comments by April 7 to:
    psc@portlandoregon.gov
    mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov 
    dan@portlandoregon.gov
    nick@portlandoregon.gov
    amanda@portlandoregon.gov
    novick@portlandoregon.gov

Talking Points

Potential worst-case-scenario hazard zone for the proposed Pembina propane facility

Please tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission that it should say no to Pembina because:

  1. Pembina’s terminal is not consistent with Portland’s Climate Change Action Plan. The propane is a byproduct of fracking in Canada’s Sedimentary Basin, the electricity required to serve the terminal would account for 0.7% of Portland’s CO2 emissions, and the propane shipped to China from this terminal would account for 0.01% of global CO2 emissions. Portland should join other northwest cities that are saying “no” to becoming part of the fossil fuel export industry. The Planning and Sustainability Commission should say “no” to Pembina because the terminal would fundamentally undermine Portland’s role as a national and international leader in addressing climate change.
  2. Pembina’s terminal would have a huge hazard zone, threatening the health and safety of Portland! An accident at the planned propane export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 could release enough propane for a flammable propane vapor cloud to drift up to 5.3 miles downwind, according to a risk assessment conducted by Pembina. Or, a large release could cause an explosion that could break windows almost four miles away from the terminal. It’s clear from Pembina’s own analysis that the proposed propane export terminal could harm the safety of St. Johns and Hayden Island residents and businesses, and its hazards extend to Sauvie Island, downtown Vancouver, and the Interstate Bridge. The Planning and Sustainability Commission should say “no” to Pembina because of its huge hazard zone!
  3. There are unacceptable omissions in Pembina’s application regarding rail and river safety. Pembina’s application fails to even address the hazards posed by huge quantities of explosive propane moving through our communities by rail and ship. The Planning and Sustainability Commission should say “no” to Pembina because some of the biggest threats to our communities go unaddressed in the application.

Read our in-depth talking points for more information.

“…if it turns out the people of Portland don’t want this, we don’t have a deal.”

‐ Pembina Chief Executive Officer Mick Dilger, Sept. 12, 2014

Please help us send a strong message to Pembina, the Port and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission — Portland does not want this propane export facility!