I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday break. As we look towards 2022 my hope is we can keep up the pressure to stop the Chevron near Bethany Lake and close the door on any future gas station developments near sensitive areas in Washington County. And to do it we all have to keep talking about these desires in public.
To that end we have another Letter to the Editor that was published in the Beaverton Times and the first public records request from Oregon DEQ about taxpayer cleanup costs for gas stations was fulfilled.
The Beaverton Valley Times published a letter to the editor about climate change and gas station construction from Eileen Sleva of Hillsboro on December 23rd. This letter was a response to the Beaverton Times’s article covering the Chevron near Bethany Lake.
Writing your own letter to the editor is a great way to keep focus on this issue. Our website has sample letters you can draw inspiration from and links to submission processes for local media.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quailty (DEQ) is currently tracking about 850 sites needing cleanup as part of its leaking underground storage tank program. Each year the DEQ allocates limited taxpayer funds to cleanup sites that have been abandoned by their owners. And cleaning up a gas station is expensive. Here is a story of one site in Yamhill, Oregon which has cost over $500,000 so far to cleanup:
Senz Automotive Service in Yamhill, Oregon has a long and complex cleanup history with thousands of gallons of petroleum products lost which contaminated on-site soil, groundwater, and neighboring properties. So, far Oregon DEQ’s cleanup costs have been $514,466.53. However, the cleanup is not complete and the damage to adjacent property values due to contamination is difficult to calculate.
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