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Todd Coleman, the Port of Vancouver’s former director, has been hired to lead the West Plains-Airport Area Public Development Authority.
A project to build a massive oil-by-rail terminal in southwest Washington officially ended Tuesday when the project’s developers and the Port of Vancouver terminated a lease for a site along the Columbia River.
An outspoken critic of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver won a port commissioner race that may shape the project’s future.
Several meetings that the Port of Vancouver held in private to discuss a lease for a proposed oil-by-rail terminal should have been open to the public, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The Port of Vancouver had a record year for tonnage last year, though imports and operating revenues are less glowing.
The Port of Vancouver didn’t violate the State Environmental Policy Act when it leased property for what could be the nation’s largest oil terminal, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision. Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the port commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.
The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.
Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 miles of track at a higher-than-needed level to keep accidents to a minimum.
Both supporters and opponents of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver are preparing to face off in June in front of state regulators tasked with deciding the fate of the project.
The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $45,000 and has released further details about plans for an oil-by-rail terminal to settle a public records lawsuit.
A proposal to ship North Dakota crude oil through Spokane by train drew mostly opponents at a hearing Wednesday night. About 75 people showed up for the state hearing on a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that could result in up to four oil trains daily passing through Spokane.