Port of Vancouver commissioners will discuss safety, preparedness for oil spills

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The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday for its regular meeting and a workshop to discuss marine safety issues, including emergency response capabilities in the event of oil spills on the Columbia River.

The workshop is tied to the recent announcement by port tenant Tesoro and a partner to bring North American crude oil by rail from North Dakota to the port, where it would then be transferred to marine vessels for transport to refineries in California, Washington and Alaska.

The workshop will follow the 9:30 a.m. meeting and be open to the public. The board proceedings will be televised live on CVTV (cable channels 21 and 23) beginning at 9:30 a.m. It also will be streamed live on http://cvtv.org and will be archived there for future viewing.

The board meets in the Port's administrative offices, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road.