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Washington State to Host Second Hearing on Proposed Oil Terminal

January 11, 2016

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out Tuesday for the second public hearing on a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington.

For the second time this month, the public will once again get to voice their thoughts about the Tesoro-Savage-backed oil terminal called the Vancouver Energy Project.

The hearing is being lead by the Washington State Energy Site Evaluation Council.

More than 1,000 people turned out and several hundred people testified at last week’s hearing at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield.

The proposed site for the oil terminal is at the Port of Vancouver, along the banks of the Columbia River. If built, the project would be the largest oil-by-rail oil terminal in the country, capable of moving 360,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

Many have voiced opposition over the project’s safety and don’t want to brand Vancouver as an oil town. Others support the project, saying it could boost the region’s economy.

The state’s energy council is holding a third hearing in Spokane on Thursday.

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Opponents of the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal dressed in red and held a rally during a recent hearing.

Cassandra Profita