Protecting the Environment
Our relentless commitment to safety extends to protecting the environment. U.S. environmental regulations are some of the most rigorous in the world, and Washington’s spill prevention regulations are among the most rigorous in the United States. When we produce and use our own crude oil, we can control its environmental impact. Of the anticipated nearly $210 million Tesoro-Savage is investing to build the proposed terminal, $45 million, or more than 20 percent, will be spent solely on environmental, health and safety measures.
Vancouver Energy has been designed to comply with, or perform better than, all emissions and air quality standards set by state and federal regulators. The terminal’s design far exceeds the State Department of Ecology's target for greenhouse gas reduction as a result of voluntary design changes. For example, the terminal’s boilers will operate with electric heaters, rather than gas heaters, to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions. This is one change that contributes to a 39 percent reduction in greenhouse gases from operations, according to Ramboll Environ, a consultancy that provides scientific strategic risk management assistance.
Of the more than 400 compounds monitored by air regulators, Vancouver Energy’s operations required review of eight items. All eight were significantly below the levels that would impact human health. The terminal’s emissions will make up a very small percentage of overall Clark County air emissions. More information on the project's ability to meet air quality standards is available here.
Vancouver Energy understands the importance of proper design to address seismic concerns due to geological forces at play in the region. The terminal’s design takes a conservative approach to ensure the terminal meets or exceeds all standards and requirements, including being able to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.