Tuesday is your chance to weigh in on the Tesoro Savage oil terminal project planned for construction at the Port of Vancouver.
The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) tomorrow will host the second of three scheduled public hearings on what would be the largest oil terminal in the US. If the $210 million project moves forward, the completed terminal would be capable of handling 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day. These oil shipments would arrive at the port via mile-plus-long "bomb trains" arriving through the Columbia Gorge up to four times every day. Vancouver Energy, the company formed to develop the oil terminal, claims the crude oil would be a "lower carbon" option, but they've recently been accused of fudging their numbers to produce those claims.
Tomorrow's public hearing starts at 5 pm and is scheduled until 11 pm or when the last speakers has a turn. It's going to be held at the Cleark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Hall B, 17402 NE Delfel Road in Ridgefield, Wash.
About 1,000 people showed up last Tuesday for the first hearing, which was held in the same place. Of the dozens who signed up to testify, most were opposed to the project. Those who spoke in opposition included health care worker, emergency responders, tribal leaders, lawmakers, and generally concerned citizens.
So far, Vancouver and Portland city councils, Columbia Riverkeepers, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Vancouver Firefighters Union IAFF Local 452, ILWU Local 4, and the environmental community have expressed their formal opposition to the project.
There will be a final public hearing on the project at 5 pm on Jan 14 at the Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley, Wash. EFSEC will be taking public comment on their draft environmental impact statement about the project until Jan 22. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has the final say on whether or not the oil terminal project will move forward.