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Port of Secrecy

Port makes CEO wish list

July 24, 2016, 6:08am Business

Two months after Todd Coleman’s resignation as Port of Vancouver CEO, commissioners are starting to get the first draft of their help wanted ad together. Read story

Vancouver port commissioners may have violated public meetings rules

April 11, 2016, 5:04pm Business

Two Port of Vancouver commissioners put themselves at risk of violating the state's open meetings law last week in a scene that played out at a biweekly labor roundtable in… Read story

Port of Vancouver commissioners to attend roundtable

September 8, 2016, 6:01am Business

Vancouver — Port of Vancouver commissioners will attend a labor roundtable meeting 8 a.m. Friday in Vancouver. Commissioners said they will not vote on any items or sign any documents during the event. Read story

Oil terminal: A Q&A of what happens next

December 6, 2015, 6:04am Business

Washington's review of major energy facilities is unlike that of any other state. It relies on an appointed body of government officials, called the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, to examine major proposals and produce environmental impact statements that are advisories to the governor. The process can be exhaustive, but it's intended to minimize politics and provide a fair and balanced evaluation of major energy projects. While the public is… Read story

Official says Vancouver oil terminal plan deeply flawed

October 18, 2015, 6:03am Business

A key state official's internal review last December of the proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver reveals deep concern from regulators about the project's potential negative impacts on public safety, the local environment and global climate change. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Ann Essko also said in her confidential review that the joint venture's preliminary draft environmental impact statement, submitted to support its application for state approval,… Read story

Port to look at design options for waterfront

August 9, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Port of Vancouver commissioners on Tuesday will review and discuss four alternative design concepts as part of a larger effort to rejuvenate the port's Terminal 1 waterfront property. Read story

Oil terminal lease unleashes a gusher of backlash

May 18, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver's tight lid on the public's business may be coming off. Sparked by the port's insular handling of a lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal, reform-minded critics are pushing the port to embrace a more transparent approach to making decisions. Some are jumping into the race for an open seat on the port commission, hoping to change the organization from within. Read story

Skids greased for oil terminal behind closed doors

May 17, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Even the most vigilant of Port of Vancouver watchers couldn't have foreseen how the port and two private companies were paving the way behind closed doors for quick local approval of what would be the nation's largest oil-to-marine transfer terminal. Read story

Culture of secrecy shrouds Port of Vancouver

May 16, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver is a government body that's beholden to its voters and taxpayers. Yet its elected officials embrace a culture of secrecy, meeting behind closed doors "about 95 percent of the time," as one commissioner put it in a court deposition, and making decisions inside a bubble of deference to the port administration and the private industries it courts. As a result, the powerful port often sidesteps full… Read story