Vancouver council weighs oil-terminal resolution

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The City Council in Vancouver is weighing a resolution to reject a project to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling terminal.

Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are proposing a terminal at the Port of Vancouver that could handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day.

The Columbian says the resolution calls on the port end its lease with the companies and urges state regulators to recommend against siting the terminal.

Critics are concerned about potential oil spills and explosions, and other environment and safety risks.

Port officials have said the project would be an economic boon to the community, while company officials say safety is a priority for them.

The council doesn’t have authority to change the lease with Tesoro-Savage.

It’s taking up the draft resolution Monday. A vote is expected in June.

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