Q: What types of safety and environmental protocols are in place?
A. As a part of the permitting process, Contanda Grays Harbor will prepare and maintain spill prevention, contingency, response, and security plans. To prevent any accidental discharge of crude oil, Contanda Grays Harbor builds all of its tanks to the highest industry and government standards.
Contanda Grays Harbor is also an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care Partner. Being a Responsible Care Partner requires us to undergo intensive inspections by an independent third party auditor every three years for recertification. In fact, an audit service provider, approved by the Board of Environmental Health and Safety Auditor Certification (BEAC), certified on July 24, 2013 that Grays Harbor meets RCMS® requirements.
Contanda is a part of the Grays Harbor community. We will take all steps necessary to keep our community and our neighbors safe.
Q: Have local emergency responders been trained to deal with potential spills?
A. Yes. Contanda Grays Harbor has hosted or sponsored safety trainings specific to liquid bulk storage for local emergency responders. In 2009, Contanda donated a $75,000 chemical foam fire truck to the City of Hoquiam. We also funded flammable liquid fire training for members of the Hoquiam and Aberdeen fire departments.
Q: Are employees trained to handle an emergency situation?
A. All employees receive in-depth training in the loading and unloading of hazardous materials, and are given extensive training on governmental and industry standards associated with handling hazardous materials.
Q: What happens if there is a natural disaster?
A. Contanda Grays Harbor builds to the highest governmental and industry standards, and works closely with emergency responders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure our neighbors remain safe in the event of a natural disaster.
Q: Is bringing oil by rail into the Contanda facility safe?
A. Shipping materials such as oil by rail has a strong overall safety record and the shipments are highly regulated by the federal government. According to the Association of American Railroads, 99.9977 percent of all hazardous materials shipped by rail arrive at the destination safely.
Q: What kind of impact will this new project have on the environment?
A. The Washington State Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam have determined, after considering transportation safety measures and other mitigation, that the Contanda Grays Harbor project would not have any significant environmental impacts. Moreover, rail transport is one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly modes of transport there is
Q: What types of precautions are you taking against spills?
A. The entire tank farm will have a geotechnical liner under the secondary containment system to prevent any potential spills from contaminating groundwater. The tank farm secondary containment system will hold the contents of one of the new tanks plus significant rainfall. Additionally, the entire rail area will be on top of concrete, with drip pans under all cars.
Q: What kind of impact will this project have on the Chehalis River?
A. This project does not entail any water work, and will not have any direct impact on the Chehalis River.
Q: How many jobs will this new project create?
A. Overall, our project will create 480 full time family-wage jobs during construction and 73 full time family-wage jobs – paying an average of $84,000 per year – to operate the terminal once the expansion is completed. The Contanda expansion will create much-needed jobs in Grays Harbor County, which has the state’s highest unemployment rate.
Q: Will these jobs go to locals?
A. Contanda Grays Harbor is committed to hiring local workers whenever possible.
Q: Is Contanda making any investments in the Port of Grays Harbor?
A. The proposed expansion will include a $61.3 million direct investment in the Port during construction, which will better position the Port for future trade.
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Q: What is Contanda doing to become part of the Grays Harbor community?
A. Contanda Grays Harbor has been operating in Grays Harbor since 2009. Our employees are members of the community, and we are committed to continuing our work to help create a vibrant economy in Grays Harbor County.
Q: How does this proposed expansion affect Grays Harbor County?
A. The Contanda expansion will create numerous jobs in the Grays Harbor area, and will also lead to increased tax revenue for Grays Harbor County that can be spent on schools, parks and hospitals.
Q: What is happening with permitting?
A. Contanda is in the process of securing the required environmental and construction permits from the City of Hoquiam and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency that are necessary to expand our current facility. We hope these permits will be issued by the end of 2016 at which point the expansion and development can begin. Additionally, we will have to submit numerous plans to the Department of Ecology and the US Coast Guard for approval which will address oil spill prevention, response and Security.
Q: If Contanda Grays Harbor does not get permitted, will they leave Grays Harbor?
A. Contanda Grays Harbor has been in Grays Harbor County since 2009 operating a liquid bulk storage and transport facility. If the expansion permits are not issued, Contanda Grays Harbor has no plans to leave Grays Harbor County.
Contanda Grays Harbor is a part of the Contanda Group, which has more than 20 locations throughout the United States and internationally. Contanda is committed to having a presence in Grays Harbor for years to come.
Q: What is Contanda Grays Harbor trying to do?
A. Contanda Grays Harbor would expand its current facility to include an area to receive and unload trains carrying crude oil, store that oil, and ship the crude oil by vessel or barge from the Port of Grays Harbor.
Q: How much oil will be stored at Contanda Grays Harbor?
A. At full build-out, Contanda Grays Harbor would be able to store 1,000,000 barrels of crude oil.
Q: How much rail infrastructure will have to be built?
A. There is an existing rail facility at the Port of Grays Harbor. This will be expanded to include four longer spurs with a total of 80 spots to load and unload commodities.
Q: How many trains will be going to Contanda Grays Harbor each day?
A. At full build-out, Contanda Grays Harbor would receive up to 17.8 million barrels of oil per year, which is equivalent to one loaded and one empty train every three days.