The state panel reviewing a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver is set to release the project’s draft environmental impact statement late next month, despite a renewed call to push the date back.
The document is scheduled to be released Nov. 24, two days before Thanksgiving. Critics have noted that release date would kick off a 45-day public comment period that ends Jan. 8, 2016 — coinciding with the holidays, when people are less likely to be engaged in civic processes and able to weigh in.
Jim Luce, the former chair of that state panel, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, told the group Tuesday that it should wait until after the holidays to release the document and trigger the window when the public can weigh in. His comments echoed a letter he sent to EFSEC earlier this week.
“That is inconsistent with the public interest,” Luce said of the proposed schedule. “We all have competing demands during this period.”
Luce, a Vancouver resident who opposes the terminal, had suggested releasing the project’s environmental impact statement on Jan. 2.