A Washington, D.C., think tank wants Vancouver Energy — the partnership that wants to build an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver — to “publicly correct” what it says is a misrepresentation that appears in a widely distributed mailer promoting the oil terminal project.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Friday sent a letter to a Tesoro Corp. under a header “Publicizing Correction for Misleading Statements in Vancouver Energy mailing.” Tesoro and Savage Cos. are the partners behind Vancouver Energy.
The three-page letter from Deborah Gordon, director of the organization’s Energy and Climate Program, says that the mailer, titled “We Need Cleaner, American Energy,” misrepresents Carnegie’s research. Gordon says a statement that crude oil from the Midwest’s Bakken formation produces 30 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than other crude refined in Washington is presented in a way that suggests it is based on the Carnegie Endowment’s work.
“Residents who received your mailing have contacted Carnegie,” Gordon wrote in the Dec. 11 letter. “They are confused and deserve to officially have the record set straight as well as removing any reference in future publications.”
In a statement to The Columbian, Vancouver Energy on Monday rejected Carnegie’s complaint.