The construction and normal operations of the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA will not result in any significant unavoidable impacts to the environment or community that can’t be mitigated, according to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) released by the state.
The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), which is charged with reviewing new energy facility proposals for Washington state, released the FEIS this week after a robust and thorough four-year-plus review process that examined potential impacts to air, water, vegetation, wildlife, nearby communities and other factors.
The FEIS found no significant cumulative impacts to earth resources, air quality, water resources, terrestrial vegetation, terrestrial wildlife, land and shoreline use, visual resources, recreation, cultural resources, transportation, or tribal treaty rights. Additionally, the FEIS identified no significant cumulative impacts to aquatic species or noise if mitigation specified by EFSEC is implemented.
The majority of the significant impacts identified in the FEIS are related to low-probability events not directly associated with the proposed facility that have the potential to occur today, such as a major earthquake or impacts related to the transportation of products that move across the country on a daily basis. In some cases, the FEIS identified mitigation other parties could implement to avoid significant impacts.
“While we are just beginning our in-depth review of the FEIS, our initial assessment provides confidence that EFSEC’s thorough evaluation of the facts will demonstrate our ability to build and operate the project safely and in an environmentally responsible way,” said Jeff Hymas, a Vancouver Energy representative.
The release of the FEIS is an important milestone, paving the way for EFSEC to submit its final recommendation to Gov. Inslee on whether the Vancouver Energy terminal should be allowed to move forward.
Vancouver Energy will provide the infrastructure needed to supply West Coast refineries with North American crude oil, ensuring a reliable supply of oil to power our transportation system, heat our homes, and provide a key ingredient in products we all use daily.
The Vancouver Energy project will provide $2 billion in economic value for the region, support thousands of family-wage jobs and promote U.S. energy independence by supplying lower-carbon North American crude oil that has the potential to reduce foreign oil imports to the West Coast by up to 30 percent.