Trains would transport oil daily through Columbia River Gorge.

Commissioners for the Port of Vancouver approved a controversial proposal Tuesday morning to build what would be the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest.

Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies plan to lease property from the port for the terminal, using oil from North Dakota’s Bakken field delivered by daily trains running through the Columbia River Gorge.

Final approval of the terminal project rests with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The plan to ship up to 380,000 barrels of oil per day on lengthy trains through the Gorge got even more controversial after the recent oil train derailment in Quebec, which devastated the community of Lac-Megantic.

“After the Port haphazardly rushed this lease, we look forward to Governor Inslee taking a hard look at the threat of Bakken oil trains and the shocking terminal on the Columbia River,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, based in Hood River.

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