Stand Up to Oil

Religious leaders around the state are opposed to oil-by-rail projects and fossil fuel terminals that are built on unstable land in populated areas. The ongoing threat of oil spills, the frustration of traffic tie-ups, the expense to local businesses, and most of all, the terrible risk of oil train derailments and explosions mean that these projects are not good stewardship of our communities, land, and water. We know we can do better. 

Photo credit: Paul K. Anderson

The Risks are Real
Devastating oil train explosions occur with terrible regularity. Shale oil fracked in the Bakken lands of North Dakota is pulled from so deep in the Earth that natural gas is still dissolved in it, making it extremely dangerous. Tar Sands oil from Canada is also highly explosive. There is little insurance to cover the risk of explosions, and cities and towns have learned they are on their own for clean-up. The costs from routine oil spills is high, but costs from a catastrophic accident are unimaginable. It’s not worth it.

Leaving a Legacy for Our Children
Destructive industries say that oil terminals will create local jobs, but in fact these projects will poison our air and water and cost jobs in fisheries and tourism. A healthy, deep water port and shoreline are extremely valuable assets that we need to preserve for future generations.

Great blue heron in Grays Harbor

Photo Credit: Frank Fujimoto

 Letting those assets be sacrificed for short-term profit will leave the community much poorer in the long run. It is far better to develop sustainable industries that will protect intact ecosystems and create a more robust economy. Basing an economy on oil is not good stewardship of God’s creation nor good for long-term prosperity.

Religious Communities Say
"We Can Do Better"
There are many ways to build a healthy community. Because of the danger of oil train accidents locally and climate change globally, creative businesses are looking for alternatives to fossil fuels and their dirty pollution. Last year, many more jobs were created in wind energy than in coal. The technology to create renewable energy is cheaper and more available each year.

Protecting our one and only planet by reducing pollution and supporting a just transition to a clean energy economy is the best way to address the problem of climate change head-on. Religious leaders believe in holding polluters accountable while promoting homegrown, local energy sources.


Pastor Erik Wilson-Weiberg Speaking at BP Hearing 7.24.14


News and Events

Critics of all ages sound off on oil trains

By Drew Mikkelsen KING 5 News October 8, 2015  ABERDEEN, Wash. — Critics lined up to tell state and city officials it’s a bad idea to allow crude oil deliveries into Grays Harbor County. All month the state Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam are…
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Videos show disputed oil trains rolling by stadiums during games

Komo News documented explosive oil trains rolling past CenturyLink Field on game day.  By Jeff Burnside Komo News October 1, 2015  SEATTLE — There were nearly 70,000 fans at CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks game last Sunday, and they will be there again on Monday night. That makes…
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Comment on Dirty & Dangerous Oil in Grays Harbor

This comment period has closed. Thanks to faith advocates for speaking up! Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS‘s) have been released for two proposed oil holding facilities in Grays Harbor County. The report shows that there is no way to mitigate the negative impacts of an oil spill…
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People of faith challenge oil, coal transport

Participation from people of faith and other grassroots activists in environmental impact hearings has made a big impact on the progression of proposed coal transport and terminals in Washington.  The Fig Tree March 2015  Two Eastern Washington Legislative Conference workshops reported on progress related to coal and…
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Further Resources

People of Faith are Standing Up to Oil Earth Ministry handout

Factsheet and talking points specifically addressing the Grays Harbor DEIS

Learn how to prepare a comment for an oil public hearing with this easy webinar

"First oil hearing garners large opposition" October 2, 2015 in the Aberdeen Daily World

Stand Up to Oil Coalition Webpage