OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney
General Bob Ferguson has announced his Counsel for the Environment will oppose the proposed crude oil terminal in Vancouver.
The state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) currently is reviewing the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Distribution terminal.
After review, the council – as mandated by state law – will recommend to
Washington’s governor either that he should approve or reject the project.
“Protecting the environment and public safety are top
priorities of my office, and we considered the evidence presented with the care
those priorities demand,” Ferguson said. “The bottom line is that the potential
benefits of this project are dramatically outweighed by the potential risks and
costs of a spill.”
Ferguson’s office previously commissioned an expert
review of the project. This review resulted in serious questions about derailment
data, emergency response plans and the potential impacts to the Columbia River –
an icon and important natural resource for the state with its fisheries and
If completed, the Tesoro Savage Facility project would lead
to 365 crude oil vessel trips down the Columbia River. Additionally, 3,000 oil
trains would run through the state to service the facility.
Ferguson’s office believes that given the weight of
evidence presented the project is not in the interest of the citizens of