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Spokane Wants Seat At Tesoro Terminal Discussion

Tesoro Savage wants to ship crude oil from the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which the city has come out against. Now, the city of Spokane wants in on the conversation. Last Friday Spokane Mayor David Condon filed an intervention petition with site evaluators in the state. The Energy Facility Sight Evaluation Council (EFSEC) coordinates the licensing for facilities like power plants and shipping terminals.

Condon says Spokane has not taken a stance on the proposal to ship oil out of Vancouver. But, says the city has requested involvement with the site evaluation because the oil project would bring more trains through Spokane.

Condon: “We’re one of the most urban areas the trains will go through, that’s one… also, of course, the trains will be going over our water and of course we’re a single source aquifer and in particular our storm water system.”

He says the issue revolves around the environment and human safety. The intervention petition from Spokane is in the hands of EFSEC. The Tesoro Savage proposal would move up to 360-thousand barrels of oil from the terminal daily.

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