Multnomah County: Community voices earthquake concerns over fuel tanks along Willamette River

  • Source: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Published: 10/08/2019 12:00 AM

A large earthquake in the Portland area poses a major risk to fuel storage tanks along the Willamette River. Multnomah County leaders say the damage could be catastrophic. On Monday night, the county took a first step in coming up with a mitigation plan. The fuel tanks are a few hundred feet from the Willamette River, and one large concern is having millions of gallons of fuel spill into the waterway. County leaders are becoming increasingly concerned about the six-mile stretch along the Willamette River, known as the "Critical Energy Infrastructure" hub. About 90 percent of Oregon's fuel is stored here. Darise Weller lives in the nearby Linnton neighborhood. She worries about an earthquake. “I see them out of my front window,” Weller said, adding that when the ‘Big One’ hits, “I'm hoping I'm out of town.”


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