Category Archives: Safety

Terminal protects the environment

The Vancouver Energy terminal, by facilitating the use of lower carbon crude oil, will enable a potential reduction in emissions equal to removing 250,000 cars from our roads.
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Terminal cuts down on foreign oil

The Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA will substantially decrease our nation’s reliance on foreign countries for oil.
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Safety is our top priority

The Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA is committed to public safety and environmental protection in transportation, operations and every other aspect of the project.
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RESIDENTS SHOW SUPPORT FOR TERMINAL

Vancouver residents showed their support for the Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal in letters to the editor in the Columbian newspaper.
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Labor leaders urge Inslee to approve terminal

Thirty labor leaders from 20 different unions delivered a letter this month to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to support the Vancouver Energy 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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Rail safety a top priority, officials say

Railroad representatives and Spokane public safety officials focused on rail safety, emergency response plans and how to best mitigate against accidents or spills during a recent Greater Spokane Inc. meeting.
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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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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 provides update to Port

Vancouver Energy sent a letter this week to Port of Vancouver Commission President Brian Wolfe to update the Port Commission on progress in the permitting process for the terminal. The letter, which you can read in full here, describes the most significant changes and improvements to both the project and to the whole supply chain since the project’s inception.
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BNSF invests in Washington

BNSF recently announced that its 2017 capital expenditures include $175 million for Washington, second only to Texas and Illinois. The money will go toward replacing and upgrading rail lines, new safety measures and new equipment.
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Terminal meets Tri-Cities community

Dan Riley, Vice President of Government Affairs for Tesoro, met with employers, community leaders and elected officials this week as the speaker at a Pasco Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Keep Washington Competitive was there with more details.
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Terminal commits to community

In a recent interview on KXL-FM, Vancouver Energy General Manager Jared Larrabee discusses the project’s numerous commitments to safety. These commitments include starting operations of the proposed terminal at 50 percent of optimal capacity, and allowing capacity to increase only after demonstrating the safe operation of the facility.
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Survey shows support for crude by rail

A new survey from G2 Public Strategies shows that a majority of Washington voters support shipping crude oil by rail and believe that shipping products by rail is safe. Most Washington voters also support making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil, according to the survey. Go here for the survey’s full results.
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Labor, Business Leaders Support Permit

Labor and business leaders spoke at a public hearing today in support of Vancouver Energy’s construction stormwater permit. To learn more about Vancouver Energy’s commitment to stormwater management, listen to this interview on KXL-FM with Tesoro Consulting Environmental Engineer Doug Price.
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Terminal proposes throughput changes

Vancouver Energy made a number of substantial commitments, above and beyond regulatory requirements, to help enhance safety and improve the performance of the crude-by-rail terminal.
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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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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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Terminal commits to more safety measures

Safety commitments, rail safety and economic need were among the topics discussed during the last two days of testimony at the adjudication proceedings. Jared Larrabee, General Manager of Vancouver Energy, announced that Vancouver Energy has committed to several new safety measures for the proposed terminal. The revised application can be seen in full here.
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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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Fire officials describe preparation

During adjudication proceedings, fire officials outline the emergency response preparations and safety plans put in place to ensure safety.
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Terminal adds to U.S. energy future

Witnesses covered rail safety and safety procedures at the terminal during adjudication proceedings, marking the final day of testimony on behalf of Vancouver Energy and project supporters.
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Oil safety is strong at terminal

Witnesses, both marine scientists at Polaris Applied Sciences, covered oil spill safety during adjudication proceedings.
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BNSF, terminal focus on rail safety

Experts state during adjudication proceedings that BNSF Railway and Vancouver Energy make rail safety a priority.
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Robust planning will help ensure terminal safety

Experts during the adjudication proceedings described the very low risk of incident at the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal, as well as the safety measures and emergency response plans in place to ensure the project's safety.
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Terminal provides jobs, seismic improvements

The testimony recapped from this particular adjudication proceeding covered the positive economic impact and seismic improvements of the Vancouver Energy terminal.
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Safety a priority in terminal design, operations

Vancouver Energy’s witnesses on Day Two of the adjudicative proceedings described the proposed crude-oil-by-rail terminal’s operations and design, as well as its land use applications.
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