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State shoreline board blocks Grays Harbor crude oil terminal

The environmental advocacy law firm Earthjustice is reporting what sounds like a major victory: The state's Shoreline Hearings Board has reversed the city of Hoquiam's decision to grant a shoreline permit for construction of two crude oil export terminals in Grays Harbor.

The Quinault Indian Tribe, and a coalition of environmental groups represented by Earthjustice, had filed an appeal of the permit, arguing that the city and the Washington Department of Ecology failed to adequately review the potential negative impacts of the projects.

Read Earthjustice's press release here.

Read the board's full 48-page decision here , provided by Earthjustice. 

The Grays Harbor projects were proposed to export crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, and possibly from Canadian tar sands.