During summer 2018, the city of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) requested that Oregon Solutions conduct an assessment to determine potential avenues for collaborative action that might increase resiliency of the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) hub located in northwest Portland. This request came after several meetings between members of the Portland City Club’s Earthquake Resiliency Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and staff from the Governor’s Office, Oregon Solutions, and PBEM. According to a February 14, 2017, Portland City Club report, “approximately 90 percent of the liquid fuel for the entire state of Oregon and 100 percent of the jet fuel for Portland’s airport comes through the CEI hub.” But the tanks on this site are vulnerable to a Cascadia Subduction Zone event (CZE) given their age and that they were constructed on seismically vulnerable soils susceptible to liquefaction, which could potentially cause the tanks to “sink, split, tilt or leak.” Additionally, risks to the environment, life, safety, and property at and near the site from a CZE are unclear.
PBEM requested Oregon Solutions conduct an assessment focused on determining potential avenues for collaborative action that might increase resiliency of the hub. Specifically, this assessment looked at the following areas of inquiry:
- What ideas could reduce the risks associated with seismic activity impacting fuel storage facilities in northwest Portland at the CEI hub?
- What are the long- or short-term incentives, regulations, agreements, or other creative approaches that could be identified in order to bring all relevant parties to a collaborative table to improve resiliency?
The goal of this assessment interview process was to determine if there was enough substantive interest from stakeholders to work in a neutral process, such as an Oregon Solutions process, to look for ways to improve seismic resiliency at the CEI Hub.