Review Process Continues for Tesoro-Savage Proposal
The review board responsible for providing a recommendation to the Governor on the Tesoro Savage proposal will conduct a quasi-judicial proceeding from June 27th – July 29th. As a quasi-judicial process, the review like a trial with briefs filed, expert testimony, and cross examination.
Since this is a trial like setting, no public comments will be received during the proceeding; however, the public can attend.
- June 27-June 30 – hearing in Vancouver, at Clark College Conference Center, 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
- July 5-7; July 11-14; July 18-21 – hearing in Olympia at Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW
- July 25-29 – hearing in Vancouver again at Clark College.
This is it! Following up on the overwhelming message this past January from people across the region, this is the next step in deciding whether to approve or deny the project.
News Article: Have you read the recent news article in The Columbian that reports on the Department of Natural Resources calling for a denial of Tesoro Savage terminal in Vancouver? Read it here.
Press Release: First Day of Hearings on Vancouver, WA Oil Terminal Begins with Broad Opposition. Read it here.
Prehearing Brief Highlights: Testimony From Cities, Tribes, and State Agencies Demonstrates Overwhelming Case Against Proposed Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal. Read it here.
January Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Record Comments Submitted on the Tesoro-Savage Proposal!
Mid-January marked the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign delivered a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) in the first weeks of 2016. Read the full press release here >>
The comment period is closed at this time.
Tesoro-Savage would have impacts across the region – from oil spills to accidents along the rail and tanker route. The proposal could also deal a major blow to Vancouver’s economy and quality of life. The project is in direct conflict with a $1.3 billion waterfront redevelopment plan that would build 3,300 new homes, as well as restaurants, shopping and office space. Twenty-two city blocks of the waterfront development would be within 100 feet of the rail line.
Tesoro Savage’s proposal is opposed by the Vancouver City Council, Vancouver Firefighters Union IAFF Local 452, ILWU Local 4, Columbia Waterfront LLC, the Cities of Washougal and Spokane, the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission, the environmental community, and people from all walks of life across the Northwest.
In The News
Oil Terminal Takeaways | The Columbian | 24 January 2016
Official says Vancouver oil terminal plan deeply flawed | The Columbian | 18 October 2015
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