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Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments

  • Five petroleum terminals are located in the Willbridge area of NW Portland.

  • The Olympic Pipeline supplies most petroleum fuels to Oregon markets from Puget Sound refineries.

  • Fossil fuel terminals typically have a combination of underground pipeline access, rail sidings, and truck loading racks.

The Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments restrict the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals. These Zoning Code amendments were adopted by the Portland City Council on Dec. 14, 2016. That ordinance was appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court and is now back before the Portland City Council.

City Council will hold a public hearing on Nov. 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. to reconsider the Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning amendments. These code changes restrict development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals. You can provide verbal testimony at this hearing or provide written testimony through November 20 using the online Map App.

  • Bulk fossil fuel terminals are characterized by (a) marine, railroad, or pipeline transport access and (b) either storage capacity exceeding 2 million gallons or transload facilities (such as rail-to-ship loading)
  • Fossil fuels include petroleum products (such as crude oil and gasoline), coal, natural gas, and propane, and methanol, which is produced from natural gas.  
  • No new bulk fossil fuel terminals are allowed.

The existing bulk fossil fuel terminals in Industrial and General Employment zones become “limited uses” that can continue to operate. Expansion of fossil fuel storage at these existing terminals would be prohibited with limited exceptions.

Questions or comments? Contact Tom Armstrong, Supervising Planner, 503-823-3527.


About the Fossil Fuel Terminal Project

Project overview, timeline and map of terminals