Citizens Turned Out To Learn About Vancouver Oil Project

Oct 1, 2013

About a hundred people attended a community meeting Monday night hosted by the companies proposing to build a train-to-ship oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington.

Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies want to transport up tothree-hundred-and-eighty-thousand barrels of crude oil a day through the Port of Vancouver. The Port approved a lease for the project in July. The companies invited the public to talk with experts on the project design, crude oil science, oil spill response, and rail transportation safety. Vancouver resident Gary Bock attended the event. He says he hasn't decided whether he supports the project and came to ask some questions.

Bock: "Will it really be 120 jobs? Will it really be good jobs? Are the people who work for these companies happy and are they meaningful, active members of the community?"

The project still needs a number of permits from the state of Washington and approval from the governor before it can move forward. The company submitted its application for those permits in late August.

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