Port to review oil terminal lease Tuesday



Port of Vancouver commissioners will meet Tuesday morning to review a lease they unanimously approved on July 23 with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. The companies want to build an oil-by-rail terminal handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Public testimony will be accepted.

The port decided to recommend new discussions and a new vote on the oil lease, in part because of a lawsuit filed against the port alleging it violated open public meetings law. The recommendation came after the port consulted with officials, including the state Auditor’s Office, about the proper course of action.

The lease re-examination and expected vote are set to occur during the three-member commission’s regular public hearing, to be held at 9:30 a.m. at the port’s administrative building, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.