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A hearing for a proposed project at an oil refinery at Anacortes has drawn vocal opposition and support.
Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.
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.
A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and triggering warnings from federal officials of a “substantial danger” of contaminating the Mississippi River. Last month, a similar incident occurred in rural West Virginia when an oil train carrying 70,000 barrels of Bakken oil derailed and exploded, engulfing 19 tanker cars in flames, destroying a home and sending giant fireballs 300 feet into the air. In 2013, a train carrying Bakken crude crashed in a Quebec town, killing 47 people.
Minnesota-based Supervalu Inc. has sold its six Spokane and North Idaho Albertsons gas service stations to Tesoro Corp. A company announcement Wednesday said the locations being taken over by Tesoro are at 1617 Northwest Blvd., 8901 N. Indian Trail Road, 6616 N. Nevada St., 8915 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley, 55 W. Prairie Ave. in Hayden, and 198 W. Ironwood Drive in Coeur d’Alene.
A Washington state oil refinery hit by a deadly blast and fire early Friday was recently fined for safety violations amid what federal watchdogs call a troubling trend of serious accidents at refineries.