Vancouver Port Hesitates On Proposed Oil Train Terminal, 7/10/13

A deadly oil-train explosion in Quebec has given pause to Port of Vancouver commissioners in southwest Washington. They want to rethink their next move with a proposal for a terminal to move oil from trains onto ships.

The port commission was set to vote July 23 on the largest train-to-ship oil transfer terminal proposed for the Northwest. That vote is still scheduled, along with a public hearing the previous day. But the outcome could be different than previously expected.

Port commissioner Brian Wolfe said Wednesday he now wants to extend the negotiation period with the oil-terminal developers to give the commission more time before voting on whether to approve the lease for the oil-train terminal. More here…

by Ashley Hearn for OPB Earthfix

July 10, 2013

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Public Meeting: Port of Vancouver Massive Oil Terminal, 6/27/13

Crude Oil Terminal, Oil Trains Threaten Columbia: Attend Important Hearing

After signaling its disinterest in exporting dirty coal overseas, the Port of Vancouver is poised to take on the shipment of another dirty fossil fuel – crude oil.  On Thursday, June 27, the Port held a key meeting to consider the proposed oil terminal. Riverkeeper and other concerned citizens attended the meeting.

Read Riverkeeper’s top 7 reasons why this oil terminals is a bad idea.

­WHAT: Port of Vancouver Public Meeting about proposed Tesoro/Savage oil terminal. Public input will be allowed, likely at the beginning of the meeting.

WHEN: Thursday, June 27 (9:30 AM)

WHERE: Port of Vancouver Administrative Office (3103 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA)

More info coming soon about plans for the Port of Vancouver Oil Terminal and future actions and meetings.

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Oregon LNG Files Formal Application to Export Gas

On Monday, June 10th, Oregon LNG announced that it had filed a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site and construct a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and associated pipeline.

Oregon LNG’s new proposal represents a significant departure from its previous LNG import scheme. As part of its project, Oregon LNG intends to supercool and export North American natural gas, some of it sourced through the newly proposed Williams Washington Expansion Project – a proposal for 140 miles of new, 36-inch, high-pressure pipelines through Washington.

-Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia County Planning Commission Hearing, 5/6/13

A public hearing was held in St. Helens on Monday evening, May 6th  to consider the proposed application to rezone 957 acres adjacent to the Port Westward export terminal, setting the stage for a major expansion of the terminal.  The application is controversial because of its likely link to Kinder Morgan’s coal export proposal, which would involve over a dozen coal trains each day through Portland and Columbia County.

The hearing and the Scapoose City Council meeting on the same evening appear to have been great successes. The room for Columbia County Planning was packed, due in part to the efforts of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Local opposition to the port expansion was fierce, articulate, and very clear. Passionate testimony was offered by farmers. fishers, Buddhists and other local residents and business owners as well as Columbia Riverkeeper lawyers. The next day, Kinder Morgan withdrew its application to export 30 to 50 million tons of coal each year through Port Westward. (See the Oregonian’s 5/8/13 article).

This makes three coal terminal proposals now pretty much defeated: Grey’s Harbor, Coos Bay, and Kinder Morgan’s Port Westward (although we remain vigilant for comebacks).  Three more to go: Cherry Point, Port of Morrow (aka Boardman), and Longview.

For more information about the hearing and upcoming resistance to coal and other energy extraction and export issues, check RT’s  Upcoming Events and the Power Past Coal website or contact


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