Renewable Energy Group removes crude oil from plans to expand in Grays Harbor

One of three companies seeking to export crude oil from Grays Harbor says they are changing directions. Renewable Energy Group purchased Imperium Renewables last summer and with it the proposed expansion to store and export crude oil pending state approval.

The company confirmed this week that they do not plan to pursue crude oil shipments, but plan to continue seeking approval for the expansion without crude oil on the list of possible exports. REG said in their response letter to the a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in late November that “its future plans at Grays Harbor do not include handling crude oil.”

REG added in their comments that the tsunami mitigation section should be revised, stating that the likelihood of a tsunami was too remote to require mitigation. They also disagreed with a claim that traffic at Terminal 1 would interfere with the Quinault Indian Nation’s tribal fishing grounds, noting that no new construction was proposed and a moored ship would not interfere with drift gillnet fishing that takes place in Grays Harbor and the Chehalis River.