VANCOUVER, Wash. – A state agency is now shifting through thousands of comments as it weighs a massive oil transfer terminal in southwest Washington.
The Columbian newspaper reports the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council received nearly 250,000 comments from the public on the project’s draft environmental review.
Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., operating as Vancouver Energy, want to build a rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal along the Columbia River that can handle an average 360,000 barrels of crude per day. The oil would temporarily be stored on site and then loaded onto marine vessels for transport to refineries on the West Coast.
The council, which oversees the siting and permitting of large energy projects, will finalize the environmental impact statement. It will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has final say on the project.
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