Category Archives: Economy

EFSEC Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement

The construction and normal operations of the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal will not result in any significant unavoidable impacts to the environment or community that can’t be mitigated, according to the state.
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A Bridge to Our Energy Future

The Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA will provide a steady, reliable supply of North American crude oil to Washington, fostering energy for transportation fuels and petroleum to create products critical to our way of life.
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Terminal brings jobs, economic benefits

The Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal will bring jobs and economic benefits to Southwest Washington and the rest of the state.
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TERMINAL WILL BOOST PORT INVESTMENTS

The Port of Vancouver USA’s new mid-year report shows that 2017 continues to be a strong year for the port. But the Port is still vulnerable to economic swings and needs to ensure it takes advantage of key infrastructure investments.
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OP-ED: TERMINAL WILL HELP THE REGION

Thirty labor leaders from 20 different unions recently delivered a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to support the oil-by-rail terminal. The labor leaders wrote in the letter that Vancouver Energy is “an important project for our state, region and county."
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SW WA WORKERS NEED LOCAL TERMINAL JOBS

The Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal will create jobs where they’re needed the most – Southwest Washington. Labor leaders tell Lens, a Washington politics and business news site, in a new story that workers need to be able to work in their local communities.
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TERMINAL WILL ADD TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Don Brunell, whose column is published in newspapers around Washington, writes this month about how companies are cutting their carbon emissions, including in the transportation sector.
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TERMINAL ADDRESSES GROWING OIL DEMAND

The Vancouver Energy terminal will provide a steady, reliable supply of North American crude oil to Washington and the entire West Coast, fostering energy for transportation fuels and petroleum to create products critical to our way of life. Demand for petroleum in the U.S. continues to grow, as this recent column in Forbes points out. Last week the…
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SW Wash. employment still lags

Washington reported the largest percentage in job gains last month, along with Maine and Tennessee. Despite the percentage increase, unemployment rates remain higher than the state average in Southwest Washington, which includes Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Wahkiakum and Klickitat counties.
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Maritime remains key to WA economy

The Seattle Times’ business columnist Jon Talton reports that even in the age of information technology, the maritime sector remains a key industry for our state. The story goes on to list the numerous benefits to Washington, such as offering high-paying jobs and connecting the state to global markets.
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POV reports operating revenue decline

A recent story in The Columbian reported that in spite of the Port of Vancouver registering record-high tonnage last year, operating revenue fell by $2.3 million in 2016 from the previous year.
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Wash. has $190B in capital needs

A new report says Washington has $190 billion in infrastructure needs, including $2 billion for freight rail and $5.3 billion for marine ports. The Vancouver Energy terminal will be an important addition for the state’s port infrastructure and will also bring about major improvements to the rail network.
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BNSF completes projects in SW Washington

More details have emerged about the $175 million in capital expenditures that BNSF Railway plans to spend in Washington this year. That number is second only to Texas and Illinois in the company’s expenditure plans.
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Terminal will create vital jobs

Vancouver Energy was pleased to be part of a recent tour of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) Electrical Training Center in Portland.
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Labor leader interviewed on terminal

Mike Bridges, President of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council, was interviewed recently on News 101 KXL (Portland-Vancouver) about labor’s support for the Vancouver Energy terminal.
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Tri-Cities leaders support terminal

Derek Brownson, a Tri-Cities business executive and president of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, and Colin Hastings, executive director of the Pasco chamber, wrote recently in the Tri-City Herald about why the state should approve the Vancouver Energy project.
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Terminal would cut crude oil imports

The Vancouver Energy terminal will accept midcontinent North American crude oil and ship it to West Coast refineries, which will convert the oil for U.S. consumption. Nearly 40 percent of the oil used for transportation fuels on the West Coast is from foreign sources. The project has the potential to displace 30 percent of all crude oil imported to the West Coast today.
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Vancouver Energy helps local schools

Kris Greene, a Vancouver small business owner, member of the East Vancouver Business Association and former president of the Evergreen School District Foundation in Vancouver, shared her perspective on the benefits of Vancouver Energy.
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Business leaders critique state permitting

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, and Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, wrote in a recent op-ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal about Washington’s current regulatory environment for energy projects, including Vancouver Energy.
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Vancouver Energy helps aerospace industry

John Ley, a pilot for Delta Airlines and a resident of Clark County for more than 20 years, describes how Vancouver Energy will support and facilitate the energy needs of Washington state.
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Terminal creates jobs, energy independence

Miles Bond, a longtime Vancouver resident, describes the benefits Vancouver Energy will bring to the region.
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Vancouver Energy boosts public services

Ann Donnelly, a Vancouver businesswoman and a leading regional advocate for the mentally ill and their families, describes the benefits Vancouver Energy will bring to the region.
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Terminal will provide opportunities

Willy Myers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council, describes how Vancouver Energy will bring world-class jobs to Vancouver and Washington state.
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Adjudicative hearing concludes

The conclusion of a five-week adjudicative hearing on July 29 marks a major milestone in the ongoing review of the Vancouver Energy terminal by Washington state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC). During the hearings in Vancouver and Olympia, the Council was presented with evidence from both supporters and intervenors of the proposed terminal, and is now tasked with making a recommendation to Governor Jay Inslee after deliberations. Governor Inslee will decide whether to approve the project, which would support thousands of family-wage jobs and $2 billion in economic value to the region while reducing the country’s reliance on foreign oil.
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Supporters make the case for terminal

The 5-week adjudication proceedings concluded today, with closing arguments from attorneys in the morning and comment from members of the public in the afternoon. During public comment, a long list of small business owners, local residents, labor leaders, maritime experts and other business leaders spoke in favor of Vancouver Energy.
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Vancouver Energy is good for the region

Mike Bridges, President of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council, describes how Vancouver Energy would bring more family-wage jobs to the Port of Vancouver.
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BNSF invests in safety

The trains transporting oil to the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal will travel on tracks owned, maintained and operated by BNSF Railway. The rail company has a commitment to safety that goes above and beyond federal standards, as described in a recent op-ed in the Olympian.
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Terminal meets need, creates jobs

Economic need and economic impact were discussed at today’s adjudication proceedings. Experts and Tesoro representatives provided testimony on the economic need and economic impact of the Vancouver Energy terminal.
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Business, labor leaders pen op-ed

Business and labor leaders in favor of Vancouver Energy have formed a new coalition to support the proposed oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The group is designed to show there is “a level of support in the broader community for a project that holds the potential to create jobs while enhancing our energy independence.” Two members of the Coalition also recently wrote an op-ed in the Everett Herald.
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Experts tout terminal benefits

More than 20 experts cover topics that include engineering, economics, marine science, rail safety and logistics testifying in favor of the project in the first phase of adjudicative proceedings of the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) held in Vancouver and Olympia.
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