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Vancouver oil terminal hearing set for Tuesday; Controversial oil project expected to draw large crowd

From the Columbian:

The first public hearing on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver kicks off at 1 p.m. Tuesday and could last past 11 p.m.

The project has been controversial from the time the proposal became public in 2013. Opponents have seized on what they call risks to life, […]

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Vancouver oil terminal faces more controversy following export legalization

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 […]

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Firefighters: Oil train terminal would put too many lives at risk

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If Washington Governor Jay Inslee approves a controversial oil train terminal in Vancouver, firefighters say a disaster would be a catastrophic.

They didn’t beat around the bush Tuesday in front of Port of […]

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Vancouver oil terminal sparks controversy, concerns for community

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

In Washington’s Vancouver region, there is arguably no issue more hotly felt than the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The port commission has been criticized for approving a lease to the company in 2013 without what many opponents felt was a proper public process.

The controversy […]

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Final decision on Tesoro’s Port of Vancouver terminal pushed to 2016

The latest delay in a detailed government review of Tesoro’s proposed $210M Port of Vancouver railport project in Washington state means a final decision will be pushed into 2016, Reuters reports, citing a state council’s published schedule.

The 360K bbl/day Vancouver Energy USA project would be the biggest in the U.S., moving domestic and Canadian […]

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Oil refinery proposed for Longview revived

A proposed crude oil and biofuel refinery at Washington’s Port of Longview is again being considered by the port.

Port of Longview officials reported Tuesday, May 26, that port staff is reconsidering the project after declaring it dormant the prior month. The project was first proposed to the port in mid-2014.

If built, the facility […]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 […]

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Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8’s victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive […]

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Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In […]

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Port of Longview commissioners reject Haven Energy lease on 3-0 vote

Port of Longview commissioners unanimously rejected the proposed Haven Energy propane export terminal Tuesday morning, voicing concerns about the safety and the true economic impact of the $300 million project.

The vote came after 90 minutes of testimony featuring a primarily negative response from the crowd of nearly 200 people. More than 20 people spoke […]

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For Oregon, 4 oil train accidents in 3 weeks a reminder ‘this issue is not going away’

Longshore workers in the Pacific Northwest are educating their communities on the risks posed by energy trains — including safety issues and rail congestion that chokes off other cargo. Several recent explosions are driving the point home. From the Oregonian:

The accidents came in rapid succession.

In July 2013, an oil […]

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Thousands of railroad crossings never inspected

Rail congestion isn’t the only threat posed by the proposed increase in oil trains. Good reporting on thousands of dangerous rail crossings from KING 5 News in Seattle:

In 2011, an accident at a private crossing in Kelso killed three people. The crossing was owned by the railroad itself and did not have any […]

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CSX train hauling crude oil derails in West Virginia, explodes in huge fireball

All but two of the 109 cars being hauled were tanker cars, officials said. One person was treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a statement from CSX, the train company.

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a […]

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Port of Vancouver’s Shuck leaving for oilfield services job

The Port of Vancouver manager who spearheaded efforts to drum up new business in North Dakota, including a controversial proposal to haul Bakken crude to Vancouver by rail, has left the port to take a job with an oilfield services company in that state’s city of Williston.

In his recent work for the port, Shuck […]

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ILWU Local 21 says propane exports ‘not a good fit’ for Longview

Excerpts from a Daily News article titled ”JH Kelly in line for Haven’s propane terminal contract”:

Despite local trade labor’s support, ILWU Local 21 expressed concerns about the nature of the permanent jobs, rail congestion and the safety and location of the terminal.

“We have concerns about an upstart company storing (millions of gallons) of […]

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