Commissioners host community forum on fuel tank risk during Cascadia

October 4, 2019

Commissioner Sharon Meieran and Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

The risk to the major fuel hub in Northwest Portland during a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake will be the subject of two community forums hosted by Multnomah County Commissioners this month.

Ninety percent of Oregon’s liquid fuel passes through the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub’s tanks, stretching for six miles between Highway 30 and the west bank of the Willamette River. But recent mapping shows that in the event of a major earthquake, the soil underneath the area will likely liquify potentially causing the tanks to buckle and the release of fuel into the river.

On Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, Commissioner Sharon Meieran will host a community discussion at the Linnton Community Center (10614 Northwest Saint Helens Road) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Monday, October 14, Commissioner Meieran and Commissioner Susheela Jayapal will host a second discussion at the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Water Pollution Control Laboratory (6543 N. Burlington Avenue) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The goal is to share information about risks of fuel tanks and other infrastructure, ideas Multnomah County is exploring to address these risks, and to gather feedback and ideas from community members.