Public meetings to vet the proposed 360K barrel-per-day Vancouver Oil Terminal will be held on October 28 and 29 by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. The oil terminal being pursued by the Savage and Tesoro corporations would be the largest on the west coast. Tesoro is responsible for the October 10th pipeline failure which spewed more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field in North Dakota. This is the same oil from the Bakken shale fields that the company aims to ship through Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver approved the project on July 28, 2013.
Although Tesoro and Savage are known to be developing the terminal for crude oil shipments, we believe that an expanded oil terminal could eventually be retrofitted to handle domestic movement of tar sands or even tar sands exports.