Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland City Council will host a public community forum intended to discuss issues related to the activity at the Zenith terminal in North Portland on July 15th, 2019.
“Portlanders have every right to be concerned about the domestic and international shipment of crude and tar sands oil,” said Mayor Wheeler. “I am proud to serve as Mayor of a city that has a long history of environmentalism. I remain opposed to any expansion or activity that would endanger the health and safety of communities in this city - and pose a serious threat to our natural environment. I look forward to engaging in meaningful discussion with Portlanders about steps we can take together to ensure this goal is met.”
“The City’s ability to regulate oil trains and Zenith’s activities is limited, but we should leave no stone unturned in finding ways to protect Portlanders. From extraction, to transport, to refinement, tar sands oil is the dirtiest and most dangerous form of fossil fuel. We don’t need it and we don’t want it in Portland or anywhere on our planet” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
This is a time for the public to express their concerns. It’s also a time for the City to share what actions have been taken so far, where we stand, and discuss next steps.
The Zenith Community Forum is scheduled for Monday, July 15th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the University of Portland’s Buckley Auditorium.The event is open to the public and media.