Public can weigh in on oil terminal

Tesoro-Savage proposal on agenda for Oct. 28-29

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter

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The agency reviewing a proposal to build an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver said Wednesday the public is invited to weigh in on the controversial matter at back-to-back public meetings on Oct. 28 and 29.

The proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to construct an oil-by-rail facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day "is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment," according to the announcement by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

As a result, the council said, an environmental impact statement spelling out the project's impacts must be prepared. To that end, the council will convene a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at Clark College's Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. That meeting will start with an open house from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., during which the public may interact informally with company representatives and council staff.

The second public meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, also at Clark College's Gaiser Student Center.

Public comments will be taken during both meetings. The "scoping" period to determine what will be evaluated in an environmental impact statement began Oct. 3 and ends Nov. 18, according to the council.

Written comments may be submitted by email, efsec@utc.wa.gov, or by mail to Stephen Posner, interim EFSEC manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive, S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-3172.

The permit application by Tesoro and Savage, and other materials, are available at www.efsec.wa.gov.