January 29, 2018
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Gov. Inslee rejects permit for Vancouver Energy project

Gov. Jay Inslee announced this morning that he will reject a permit application to build the Vancouver Energy terminal in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Energy project, a joint venture of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, would transfer North American crude oil from trains onto tankers and ships for transport to oil refineries elsewhere on the West Coast, where it could be made into transportation fuels and other petroleum products. The terminal project would provide up to $2 billion and more than 1,000 jobs to the state's economy.

In his letter rejecting the proposal, Inslee cited an earlier decision by the state's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council: "When weighing all of the factors considered against the need for and potential benefits of the facility at this location, I believe the record reflects substantial evidence that the project does not meet the broad public interest standard necessary for the Council to recommend site certification."

The Columbian and The Associated Press covered the story. Keep Washington Competitive has also followed the story.

The project's developers have 30 days to appeal the governor's decision in Thurston County Superior Court.

For more information on this issue, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Mary Catherine McAleer.

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