Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vancouver reaffirms moratorium on new crude oil projects

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian   

The Vancouver City Council reaffirmed a six-month moratorium Monday on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.

The council passed an emergency moratorium on Sept. 11, and had a public hearing on Monday to fulfill a legal requirement.

Last month’s emergency measure was an attempt to head off plans by NuStar Energy LP of San Antonio to apply to start storing crude oil at its two bulk tank terminals in Vancouver, one at the port and one at 5420 Fruit Valley Road. The meeting was announced Sept. 10 in accordance with a state law requiring 24-hour public notice, and NuStar submitted a preliminary application shortly after the city announced the meeting.

Assistant City Attorney Brent Boger said Monday that the pre-application qualifies the NuStar project as vested, and therefore exempt from the moratorium.

The moratorium also won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state.....

.... Tesoro-Savage wants to build an oil-by-rail terminal that would receive an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day at the port.

Eventually, the state evaluation council will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who will approve or deny the project.

Amendments possible
The moratorium, meanwhile, will give the city time to consider possible amendments to its land use and development codes concerning the transportation and storage of crude oil..... read more here

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