Port of Vancouver’s actions at meeting spur complaint

The ColumbianAaron Corvin, August 12, 2013 —  The Washington state Auditor’s Office is reviewing a complaint filed by a Vancouver resident about the Port of Vancouver’s decision to bar the public from a discussion of a controversial proposal to build the Pacific Northwest’s biggest oil terminal.

The auditor’s office said Monday it received the complaint on Aug. 8 through its citizen hotline, a system set up to improve efficiency and accountability in state and local governments.

The complaint concerns the questionable use of executive session by port Commissioners Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe and Nancy Baker during a July 22 special public meeting to discuss broad elements of a lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. The companies want to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day, hauled by train from the Bakken site in North Dakota.

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