Seattle City Council calls for state to deny oil methanol terminal permits

first_imgIn a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council this week called on state agencies to deny permits for the Vancouver Energy oil terminal along with all other “new fossil fuel infrastructure projects” within the state. According to the council, the resolution is a step toward the city’s goal to meet the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of President Donald Trump’s rejection of the international  accord.“We need all the support we can get,” Don Steinke, a prominent local climate activist and a regular voice in the opposition of the Vancouver Energy terminal, said of the Seattle council’s vote. “Gov. (Jay) Inslee needs to know that it’s important for the whole state, not just to Vancouver.”While Seattle’s move is the latest action by a Northwest city against petroleum infrastructure, it’s not the first. In July, the Vancouver City Council approved a ban on the expansion of existing and new crude oil storage and handling facilities and refineries that average less than 50,000 barrels a day.last_img