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Washington state panel calls for oil terminal denial
while exposing Washington
and Oregon communities to
all the public safety and envi-
ronmental risks.
The Astoria City Coun-
cil adopted a resolution in
August opposing the project.
“The entire region is look-
ing to Gov. Inslee, now, to fol-
low EFSEC’s lead,” Rebecca
Ponzio, director of the Stand
Up to Oil Campaign, said in
a statement. “We trust him to
get this right,” she added.
An environmental study
released last week found that
the project poses a potential
risk of oil spills, train acci-
dents and longer emergency
response times due to road
traffic. Many of the risks
could be decreased with cer-
tain mitigation measures, but
the study outlined four areas
where it said the impacts are
significant and cannot be
It identified those risks as
train accidents, emergency
response delays, negative
impacts on low-income com-
munities and the possibil-
ity that an earthquake would
damage the facility’s dock
and cause an oil spill.
While the “likelihood of
occurrence of the potential for
oil spills may be low, the con-
sequences of the events could
be severe,” the study said.
Proposed site
in Vancouver
Associated Press
SEATTLE — A Washing-
ton state energy panel voted
unanimously Tuesday to rec-
ommend that Gov. Jay Inslee
reject a massive oil-by-rail
terminal proposed along the
Columbia River.
The Energy Facility Site
Evaluation Council, which
has been evaluating the proj-
ect since 2013, said devel-
opers had not met their bur-
den to show that the proposed
port of Vancouver site was
The panel will forward its
recommendation to Inslee by
Dec. 29. The Democratic gov-
ernor will have 60 days to
make a final decision.
The Vancouver Energy
terminal, a joint venture of
Tesoro Corp. and Savage
Cos., would receive about
360,000 barrels of crude oil
a day by trains at the port of
Vancouver. Oil would tem-
porarily be stored on site and
then loaded onto tankers and
ships bound for West Coast
Vancouver Energy said in
an emailed statement Tues-
AP Photo/Don Ryan
A state energy panel has unanimously voted to recommend disapproving a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along
the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash.
day that it was extremely dis-
appointed. The panel “has set
an impossible standard for
new energy facilities based on
the risk of incidents that the
Final Environmental Impact
Statement characterizes as
extremely unlikely,” said Jeff
Hymas, a Vancouver Energy
Roselyn Marcus, interim
chair of the council, presided
over the meeting in Olympia
that lasted about 10 minutes.
She noted that the council
weighed more than 250,000
public comments in “proba-
bly the longest process in this
council’s history with issues
of great significance that have
never been faced by this coun-
cil before.”
Marcus said state law
requires project applicants to
prove that the needs and ben-
efits of the facility at the pro-
posed site outweigh the neg-
ative impacts to the broad
public interest.
Developers have said the
terminal is needed to bring
crude oil from North Dakota
and other areas to a West-
ern U.S. port to meet grow-
ing fuel demands and future
energy needs. They’ve argued
Brown, Buehler could break campaign spending record
Associated Press
SALEM — Gov. Kate
Brown and Republican state
Rep. Knute Buehler have
together raised $5.3 million
in the 2018 race for governor,
putting them on pace to exceed
the most expensive governor’s
race in Oregon history.
Democrat John Kitzhaber
and Republican Chris Dud-
ley raised and spent more than
$17.7 million in their 2010
race for governor, won nar-
rowly by Kitzhaber. At this
point in 2009, the year before
the election, neither Kitzhaber
or Dudley had even announced
they were running. Both filed
in early February 2010.
The Bend Bulletin reported
that Brown and Buehler have
each already surpassed the
$2 million fundraising mark.
Buehler has raised $1.9 mil-
lion this year. When added to
the $141,000 he carried over
from last year, his total is $2.1
million. He’s spent just over
$549,000 and currently has
$1.5 million in the bank.
Brown has raised $1.8 mil-
lion this year. When added
to the $1.2 million she rolled
over from last year, it gives her
a total of just under $3.1 mil-
lion. She has spent $1.1 mil-
Warrenton to
hold transit
plan open
house Dec. 7
AP Photo/Don Ryan
Anna Reed/Statesman Journal
State Rep. Knute Buehler
Gov. Kate Brown
lion and has $1.9 million in the
The numbers could be
higher. Under state law, can-
didates have 30 days to report
contributions and expendi-
tures. Buehler has consistently
reported both as they come
in. His last recorded contribu-
tion was Sunday. Brown has
returned to her earlier practice
of filing in intermittent spurts,
as the law allows. Her last reg-
istered contribution is from
Nov. 4.
Whether a crowded pri-
mary campaign will material-
ize against Buehler is yet to be
seen. Bend entrepreneur Sam
Carpenter is also vying for the
GOP nomination. High-profile
conservative Republicans such
as Secretary of State Dennis
Richardson, House Minority
Leader Mike McLane of Pow-
ell Butte, and Happy Valley
Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer
have looked into the race and
that it could be built safely
and would secure a reliable
supply of energy for the state.
groups and municipalities
such as the city of Vancouver
lined up against the project.
Opponents argued that the
terminal would mostly benefit
the energy needs of Califor-
nia — and potentially over-
seas markets in the future —
Washington state tests out
videoconferencing for mental
competency evaluations
Associated Press
EVERETT, Wash. —
A Washington state county
sheriff’s department says it
will now use videoconfer-
encing to do mental compe-
tency evaluations at the jail.
reported that the Snohom-
ish County jail in Everett is
the flagship site for the new
program, which is being
tested at three other jails in
the state.
The state’s Office of
Forensic Mental Health Ser-
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Warrenton residents will
have a chance to weigh in on
and learn more about future
transportation issues for the
city at an open house Dec. 7.
The event will be held
between 6 and 8 p.m. at War-
renton City Hall. The meeting
will have an open format and
people are welcome to arrive
at any time during the event
to discuss the city’s transpor-
tation system plan update.
The plan is intended to guide
improvements for driving,
walking, biking, transit and
other modes of transportation
over the next 20 years.
A project team tasked with
looking into the issues around
transportation has already
drafted goals and objec-
tives for the update, assessed
existing conditions related
to transportation and looked
at what future transportation
conditions would be like by
2040 if no investments are
made to the transportation
The open house is a time
for people to see this work,
help the project team identify
additional issues and begin
developing solutions. More
information is available at
vices created the new pro-
gram to reduce wait times
for cases where it’s unclear
if detainees are mentally
sound enough to defend
Officials say it could espe-
cially help those with signif-
icant mental illness who get
arrested for misdemeanors.
Sheriff Ty Trenary said
they hope that inmates can
get into treatment and con-
nected with resources.
The state has been long
been criticized for its wait
times for such evaluations.
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