A tar sands invasion of Washington and Oregon is threatening the states’ communities, waterways, coastlines and air. In a new report, NRDC examines the tar sands threat faced by the entire North American West Coast, from British Columbia to California. Compiling data on refining trends, infrastructure proposals, and tar sands production projections, the report finds that the amount of tar sands crude oil moving into the region could increase by more than 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd). This enormous influx would be made possible by two proposed tar sands pipelines crossing British Columbia, construction of numerous crude-by-rail handling facilities around the entire region, and thousands of new oil tankers and barges navigating the region’s waters. In addition to this influx, an analysis by the Borealis Centre shows that mid-term refining trends could lead to an eight-fold increase–800,000 bpd by 2040–in tar sands crude oil being refined in Washington and California refineries. Despite the gravity of this threat, a potential tar sands invasion presents policymakers with a variety of options to stop it in its tracks. By implementing forward-looking policies that will reduce Washington and Oregon’s carbon emissions and help the Pacific Northwest transition to an alternative energy future, a tar sands invasion of Washington and Oregon can be stopped if action is taken soon.
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