Port of Vancouver again OKs oil terminal lease

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Commissioners for the Port of Vancouver have again approved a lease agreement with two companies seeking to build a terminal to receive crude oil shipments by train.

Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build a $110 million oil-by-rail terminal to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

The commission approved the lease in July. It took up the issue again Tuesday after environmental groups sued, accusing the commission of violating the state’s open public meetings law.

The Columbian reports the lease unanimously approved by commissioners is the same one adopted in July.

The companies say the project will generate jobs and boost tax revenues, while critics raise concerns, including potential oil spills on the Columbia River.

A state agency will review the proposal for a year or more and make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has the final say.

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