Oil terminal hearing is tonight

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter



Public meeting

• What: Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to discuss a proposal to build an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

• When: 6 to 9 p.m. today.

• Where: Clark College's Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

• Information: http://www.efsec.wa.gov

Two days of public comment conducted by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council continues tonight at Clark College.

The proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the largest oil-handling operation in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver began its yearlong regulatory journey Monday.

The second public meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m. today, at Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. That meeting is part of the “scoping” process, which began Oct. 3 and ends on Nov. 18, that is aimed at determining what will be evaluated in an environmental impact statement.

The proposal by Tesoro and Savage 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 EFSEC. As a result, the council says, an environmental impact statement spelling out the project’s impacts must be prepared.

The council will review the companies' 872-page application, submitted on Aug. 29, and eventually make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has the final say.

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 Dr. S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-3172.

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