Pembina Pipeline Corp., based in Calgary, Canada, hopes to tap propane produced via fracking in Alberta’s natural gas fields, transport it in mile-long trains to the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, then load it onto ships bound for Asia via the Columbia River.
Nearly 100 people testified on the project Tuesday, the overwhelming majority opposed to the propane terminal. North Portland residents and neighborhood associations are concerned about potential on-site explosions caused by propane leaks, earthquakes and even terrorism.
At the end of a six-hour standing-room-only hearing, the Planning and Sustainability Commission was knotted 5-5, which meant the proposal was rejected.
While the 5-5 vote technically meant the proposal would fail, Baugh pointed out that the Portland City Council would merely ask the commission to revisit the proposal, because city commissioners want the chance to vote on it. Then the panel would have to repeat the hearing process, and if they rejected the project again, the City Council could take up the issue anyway.