Vancouver opposes oil terminal plan now what

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council officially opposes Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies’ plans for the largest oil-by-rail facility in the Northwest at the Port of Vancouver.Now what?The impact of the council’s decision, reached early Tuesday morning at the end of a seven-hour meeting, won’t be known for months, if not longer.Gov. Jay Inslee’s communications director said Tuesday he couldn’t comment about how much weight Inslee may give a resolution calling on him to deny a permit for the project.By law, the governor can’t comment on the city’s resolution during the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s adjudicative process, said David Postman. EFSEC will make a recommendation to Inslee, who has the final say.Major energy projects can take more than a few years to obtain construction permits. The developer of a controversial wind farm in Skamania County first proposed that project in 2008. The wind farm was given a green light — in a scaled-back form — by EFSEC in 2011, and the project was approved by then-Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2012.last_img

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