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Protest slated at hearing on Vancouver oil terminal


TRIBUNE PHOTO: STEVE LAW - Protesters outside Portland City Hall as the City Council debated resolutions opposed to oil shipments by train and fossil fuel exports. Opponents of the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver will rally outside of an all-day public hearing next month in Ridgefield, Wash.

Critics of the oil terminal will gather outside the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Because of intense public interest in the terminal, the hearing on a draft environmental impact statement is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. if needed to hear all the testimony.

The hearing takes place in Hall B at the event center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield, Wash.

The terminal will serve what amounts to a “pipeline on wheels” of oil flowing from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. Four mile-long trains are projected to deliver oil to the terminal the Port of Vancouver each day. Then it would be tranported to ships heading up the Columbia River.

Tesoro and Savage say the oil is destined for refineries in

California and Washington to be used domestically. Environmentalists suspect the oil will be exported to Asia, and note that Tesoro is one of the oil companies that recently convinced Congress to lift a U.S. export ban on crude oil that was enacted in the 1970s, during the Arab oil embargo.

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