SW Washington Port Set For Crude Oil Vote

Jul 19, 2013

Commissioners with Southwest Washington's Port of Vancouver are scheduled to hold a workshop and a vote on a controversial oil terminal lease.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday night, and the vote is on the commission's agenda for Tuesday morning.

The Port of Vancouver staff has recommended a yes vote on a lease for Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies. Together, the two companies plan to move up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil a day from trains to ships. The oil would come from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, and it would be shipped to refineries in Washington, California and Alaska.

Commissioner Brian Wolfe has suggested the board might vote to delay its decision on the lease in light of the recent oil train accident that killed 50 people in rural Quebec.

But Port spokeswoman Theresa Wagner says the vote is still scheduled for Tuesday.

"We will have to wait and see how the commissioners are feeling and kind of where they are and how they decide to move forward" Wagner says.

If the port approves the lease, the project would go through an environmental review and would require final approval from the governor.

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