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. Safety is our top priority. We demonstrate this through our commitments. Not the least of which is our commitment to voluntarily begin terminal operations at 50 percent of optimal throughput and only increase after demonstrating the facility and the transport to and from the facility operates safely.

Additional significant commitments include:

  • Only accepting rail cars that meet or exceed the highest DOT-117 federal standards and that have a 9/16-inch shell. This is a step above and beyond federal regulations. (See graphic below.)
  • Requiring a tug boat escort for all loaded vessels from the terminal transiting the Columbia River. This is a significant commitment that is not currently done for any vessels transiting the river today.
  • Placing a “boom boat” on the Columbia River at all times while vessels are being loaded at the terminal.
  • Enhancing fire protection for the facility and future Port tenants by installing improvements to the city waterline.
  • Sponsoring three emergency response training exercises in which Vancouver Energy, BNSF Railway and state, local and tribal leaders will be invited to participate. These exercises will take place in Vancouver, Spokane and in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • BNSF Railway, as the shipper of crude oil to and from Vancouver Energy, will inspect every oil train going to the terminal and inspect rail track throughout the Columbia River Gorge 24 hours before any oil train is destined for the terminal. In addition to other safety commitments from BNSF specific to Vancouver Energy.

Read more about Vancouver Energy’s commitment to safety.

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