Washington governor rejects permit for oil-by-rail terminal, Seattle Times ($)

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Monday that he agreed with the recommendation of a state energy panel, which voted in November to deny the application of the Vancouver Energy project.

By Phuong Le, The Associated Press • Originally published January 29, 2018 at 9:41 am | Updated January 29, 2018 at 4:29 pm

FILE–This file photo taken Jan. 5, 2016, shows Maureen Hildreth, center, attends a public hearing on a proposed southwest Washington state massive oil-handling facility in Ridgefield, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, rejected a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian via AP)
FILE–This file photo taken Jan. 5, 2016, shows Maureen Hildreth, center, attends a public hearing on a proposed southwest Washington state massive oil-handling facility in Ridgefield, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, rejected a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River. (Credit: Natalie Behring/The Columbian via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday rejected a permit for what would have been the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal, saying the record shows the risks and impacts outweighed the need for and potential benefits of the project. Inslee agreed with the recommendation of a state energy panel, which unanimously voted in November to recommend that the Vancouver Energy project in southwest Washington be denied.

The joint venture of Savage Companies and Andeavor, formerly known as Tesoro Corp., proposed to receive about 360,000 barrels of North American crude oil a day by trains at the port of Vancouver along the Columbia River. Oil would be loaded onto tankers and ships bound for West Coast refineries. MORE>>


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