By Ashley Ahearn, October 18, 2013, Northwest Public Radio
The Port Commission of Vancouver is holding a public meeting on Tuesday to reopen discussion on a controversial oil by rail terminal. Environmental groups sued the Vancouver Port Commission earlier this summer, alleging the Port violated rules that required public meetings about the project.
The project was tabled for a few months, but now it’s back.
The Tesoro-Savage facility would handle up to 380,000 barrels of oil per day. That’s more than six oil trains per day traveling from the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota, through the Northwest and along the Columbia River to the facility.
There the oil would be loaded onto barges to be refined on the West Coast.
The terminal would create 120 jobs.
The Vancouver Port Commission is believed to be in support of the project, despite opposition from environmental groups.
Bakken Oil is now being refined at two of Washington’s five refineries, with proposals underway to receive oil by rail at eight other sites in Washington and Oregon.