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Port of Vancouver USA admits it violated meetings law

From The Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver is taking the unusual step of asking for a ruling against itself in a lawsuit challenging its past interpretation of the Washington Open Public Meetings Act.

In a motion for summary judgment filed Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, port attorneys wrote, “The Port acknowledges that Riverkeeper is […]

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WA Supreme Court in hard slapdown to port’s closed meetings

From the Seattle PI:

The Washington State Supreme Court, in an expansive opinion, ruled Thursday that ports and public agencies cannot use an exemption in the state’s Open Public Meetings Act for closed-door deal making where the public has a major interest.

The justices ruled in favor of environmental groups, which challenged the Port of […]

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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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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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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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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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Vancouver oil terminal a step closer to permitting decision

Now that public meetings and the public comment period have ended, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will soon send its environmental impact recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who will decide whether to permit Vancouver Energy’s proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Once the adjudication process is complete, EFSEC will send a […]

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Washington State attorney says oil terminal risks being underplayed

The state attorney tasked with defending the environment took aim at the Port of Vancouver’s proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal in comments submitted Friday by asserting that the risks of train derailments are being underplayed.

The counsel for the environment, a member of the Attorney General’s Office who represents the public’s interest in the environment while […]

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Hundreds weigh in on plan for Vancouver oil terminal

Hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington, to offer testimony on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that would be the nation’s largest, receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day.

Opponents on Tuesday hammered on the risks […]

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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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Judge rules in favor of Vancouver Port on oil terminal lease; Riverkeeper says trial remains

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 […]

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