“It’s gratifying to have our commission be united in its vision for the future of the port and community,” LaBrant said in a statement. “We still await the governor’s decision on the project, and we continue to be focused on supporting businesses, growing jobs and providing benefit to our community.”
Prior to Tuesday’s vote, the lease automatically renewed every three months while Vancouver Energy’s proposed oil terminal worked it way through the EFSEC evaluation.
The plan to build the largest rail-to-marine oil terminal in the United States suffered a major blow in November when EFSEC unanimously recommended the denial of the Vancouver Energy application for site certification to build a crude-by-rail oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.
EFSEC forwarded its recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee in December.
At that point, Vancouver Energy and any other groups involved with the evaluation had 20 days to file a request for EFSEC to reconsider the proposal.
That deadline passed Monday without anyone filing a request for reconsideration.
Inslee is expected to issue his decision on the project by mid-February.
Following the port commission’s vote, Vancouver Energy released a statement saying the terminal is still a worthy endeavor.
“The value of the Vancouver Energy project continues to exist for this community, for workers in Clark County and throughout Washington, and for our nation’s energy security. We will evaluate our path forward and await Governor Inslee’s decision. We hope Governor Inslee recognizes the far-reaching negative impacts a denial of this project would have for industries across Washington and the message it would send to companies looking to do business in the state.”
Vancouver Energy has proposed to build a $210 million terminal at the Port of Vancouver. It would be capable of transferring an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day from crude oil unit trains into marine vessels in the Columbia River bound for refineries along the West Coast.
The crude-by-rail terminal was the first of its kind to be considered by EFSEC since its creation in 1970. The body was created to be a one-stop licensing body for large energy projects being considered around Washington. Under state law, a project’s evaluation is supposed to be completed within a year, but Vancouver Energy’s took more than four.