Oregon exporter dodged crude oil spill preparedness drill

Zenith Energy, Oregon’s largest facilitator of crude oil exports, last year defied its agreement with state regulators to show it could control and clean up a major crude spill at its Willamette River terminal in Portland.

Instead of drilling with the sludgy, toxics-emitting Canadian tar sands crude that travels by rail through the Columbia Gorge and North Portland neighborhoods to Zenith’s facility, the company used diesel for the mock cleanup. Diesel is easier to practice with because it is less toxic and easier to clean up than Zenith’s crude.

Zenith’s decision to conduct a drill without using tar sands

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