3A THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 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 avoided. 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 By PHUONG LE 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 acceptable. 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 refineries. 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 spokesman. 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 bank. 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 passed. that it could be built safely and would secure a reliable supply of energy for the state. Tribes, environmental groups and municipalities such as the city of Vancouver lined up against the project. 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