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Washington State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit

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 […]

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Port of Vancouver USA commissioners vote 2-1 to extend oil terminal lease

The Port of Vancouver will continue to lease land to Vancouver Energy for its proposed oil terminal after the agreement was the subject of a passionate and sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony and deliberation, the vote was 2-1.

Commissioner Eric LaBrant was the sole supporter of his motion to cancel the […]

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Port of Vancouver USA hires Julianna Marler as permanent CEO

From Maritime Professional:

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to hire interim CEO Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO/Executive Director.

“This was a rigorous process,” said commission Vice President Eric LaBrant. “Julianna was stacked up against the best of the industry and she’s the most qualified candidate. I […]

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Port Of Vancouver Names CEO Finalists

From OPB News:

The Port of Vancouver has named three finalists for CEO.

The candidates include: Edward Galligan, the executive director for the Port of Olympia; Arthur Scheunemann, the former CEO of the economic development council for Seattle and King County; and Julianna Marler, the Port’s current interim CEO.

The candidates will be interviewed by […]

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Port of Vancouver USA files $388,000 suit against tenant

The Port of Vancouver is suing one of its tenants, Pacific Coast Shredding, for nearly $388,000, claiming it violated a lease agreement.

The issue centers around five acres of land the port leased to Pacific Coast Shredding, which processes scrap metal and makes it ready for recycling. The port claims that Pacific Coast Shredding didn’t […]

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Pacific Northwest seaports prepared for wind energy shipments

Wind energy components being handled by members of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA.

Imported wind energy components are a growing opportunity for the Port of Vancouver USA and Port of Longview on the Columbia River and for Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The United States Congress extended the Production Tax Credit, which […]

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No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public […]

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City of Vancouver opposed to oil terminal plans

From KOIN 6 News:

”A terminal that could bring up to 5 rail cars a day just like the one that derailed in Mosier,” said one activist. Along with many in the community, ILWU Local 4 opposes the oil terminal.

It’s possible that the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America could be setting up shop […]

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Pendleton Grain Growers sells assets to United Grain Corp.

Pendleton Grain Growers has agreed to sell its assets to United Grain Corporation, whose grain export terminal is at the Port of Vancouver USA on the Columbia River. ILWU Local 4 members load the grain ships.

The East Oregonian reports that officials announced Tuesday that United Grain Corporation, of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to […]

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Todd Coleman, Port of Vancouver CEO, to step down

Todd Coleman, who has served as the Port of Vancouver’s CEO since 2012, is stepping down later this month.

On Tuesday afternoon the port announced that Coleman’s last day will be Thursday, May 19. Coleman has been with the port since 2001, when he was hired as a facilities manager.

Port commissioners will appoint an […]

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Where is the Port of Vancouver?

Is the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia or in Washington State?

Until recently, the north-of-the-border port was called “Port Metro Vancouver.” But earlier this month, the Canadian port changed its name to simply “Port of Vancouver.”

Washington’s port, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, remains “Port of Vancouver USA” — check […]

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Port of Vancouver officials OK oil terminal lease extension

Port of Vancouver officials are giving the company behind a proposed rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal eight more months to secure permits.

The Columbian reports opponents wanted the lease terminated altogether, while Vancouver Energy had asked for another two years.

Port commissioners agreed to extend the permitting and early termination deadline Friday after deliberating for almost […]

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Columbia River ports say new buoys would improve river efficiency

Ships on the lower Columbia River near Astoria

The Port of Longview commissioners recently agreed to contribute $168,000 toward the construction of three additional “stern” buoys to help prevent shipping bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River.

The contribution will help provide local matching money to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has received […]

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Port Of Vancouver staff deal blow against oil terminal

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The Port of Vancouver USA recommended that port commissioners vote against a lease extension with the companies backing a proposed oil terminal. The recommendation comes ahead of two port commission meetings next week.

Under the current lease, the terminal’s backers have three years to get the permits they need, which runs […]

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Oil companies, Vancouver port at standoff over August deadline

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Nearly three years ago, the Port of Vancouver signed a lease with companies that want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country. But the project has not gone as planned and may now be running out of time.

The proposal is now slowly working its way through Washington state’s […]

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