Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the Port of Vancouver commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.
The court’s majority, also ruled that the […]
Excerpts from The Daily News:
Is the Port of Kalama giving up too much land for the Northwest Innovations methanol project? Will a 90-acre conservation set-aside undercut future development?
Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir on Monday approved two shoreline permits that would require the port to conserve 90 to 95 acres of land to […]
From Maritime Executive:
The Port of Vancouver, Washington is no stranger to controversy over its proposed oil terminal. But the intensity of opposition has increased sharply since a recent repeal of the federal ban on crude exports. Activists suggest that the terminal’s rail shipments are too risky, and that the repeal will mean even more […]
Clark County Judge David Gregerson ruled Friday that port leaders in Vancouver, Washington didn’t violate state laws in 2013 when they negotiated a lease for an oil terminal.
The lease between Tesoro-Savage companies and the port remains in place. If built, the terminal project could ship 360,000 barrels of oil daily from the port to […]
In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:
In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the […]
Excerpts from The Columbian:
Opponents of oil by rail point to disasters like the explosion of several rail cars carrying crude oil in Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, and five were missing and presumed dead.
Three environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington’s open public meetings […]
The Port of St. Helens has suffered a second blow in its efforts to expand a marine facility to accommodate oil and coal exports.
The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals upheld an environmental challenge to its plans to add more than 800 acres to its Port Westward property in Clatskanie on the lower Columbia […]
In an article titled ‘Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting,’ The Columbian reports:
In July, 46 people were killed and a town destroyed when an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Several accidents have happened since then in North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.
Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits […]
Developers of the Morrow Pacific coal export project on the Columbia River already have land leases with the Port of St. Helens and the Port of Morrow.
But according to the Oregon Department of State Lands, they’re going to need a couple more.
In a recent letter, DSL operations manager Lori Warner-Dickason told project developers […]
A ruling on Friday from the Clark County Superior Court will allow the proposed oil export terminal at the Port of Vancouver to move forward in its environmental review process.
Judge David E. Gregerson today ruled that the port did not violate the state’s Environmental Policy Act when it approved a 42-acre lease for the […]
Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper
1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would […]
When news first leaked last year that the Port of St. Helens might be working on deals to export coal, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for “an open, vigorous public debate” before any projects moved forward.
But the port’s first major step on coal didn’t follow that blueprint. By the time the port went public in […]
Port of St. Helens, on the Columbia River.
Legal documents indicate the Port of St. Helens is talking with a coal export terminal developer, the first sign that Oregon could be in the mix to export coal to meet ever-growing Asian demand.
Also in the game: Port of Morrow, near Boardman. It recently […]