Hundreds Attend First State Hearing On Vancouver Oil Terminal

Oct 30, 2013

A hearing on a controversial oil terminal in Vancouver drew a crowd of around 300 people Tuesday night.

It was the first hearing in a state permitting process overseen by state regulators. Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies now have a lease for their proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. But they still need permits and approval from the state of Washington before they can start building. Vancouver resident Brooks Berndt spoke at a protest before the hearing. He says the state should deny the permits based on the project's environmental impacts.

Berndt: "If all of these impacts are considered, this oil terminal will stop before it's happened."

The project will also need a final approval from the Washington governor.

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