March 2022: Fuel Storage Seismic Vulnerability (SB 1567) passes into law!
The Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub on the Willamette River is an industrial site home to 630 storage tanks holding gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and oil. 90% of all of Oregon’s liquid fuels are stored on a former wetland. If there is a major earthquake, 200 million gallons of these polluting fuels would spill into the river, causing over $2 billion in damages to the local communities and ecosystems.
Now that SB 1567 has passed, storage tanks owners in the area must assess how vulnerable the tanks would be to a major earthquake and what can be done to reduce the risks, then report that assessment to the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality. The bill will also require the Dept. of Energy to create a security earthquake preparation plan that protects communities and aligns with Oregon’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases 90% by 2050.