Vancouver Energy’s state-of-the-art facility will feature advanced safety design and will be operated with industry-leading safety practices and procedures that focus on prevention, education, preparedness and training. Precautions to ensure the safe handling of crude oil will be incorporated into all aspects of the design and operation of Vancouver Energy, from double-bottomed storage tanks with floating roofs to robust fire detection and suppression systems. The below list details some of the safety features and procedures put in place:
- Require a “boom boat” to be on the Columbia River at all times while vessels are being loaded at the terminal.
- Include diversion piping that will divert crude oil from the sump at the dock to provide an additional measure of safety during loading of marine vessels.
- Sponsor 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.
- Pay for the City of Vancouver and Clark County fire departments to fund backup staffing while its employees attend emergency response training.
- Work with the Port of Vancouver USA to install a looping system
that will provide additional water flow at the terminal for fire protection.
- Requiring a tug escort for all loaded vessels from the terminal transiting the Columbia River, which is not currently done for any vessels transiting the river today.
- Only accepting rail cars that meet or exceed DOT-117 standards, and have a 9/16 inch shell, at the terminal. This is above and beyond federal regulations, which allow for continued use of legacy DOT-111 and CPC-1232 rail cars until they’re phased out.
- Include gas alarms at the terminal, allow employees to shut down the facility with a push of a button.
- Staged additional spill response equipment along the Columbia River to respond in the event of an incident. Specifically, Vancouver Energy and its Oil Spill Response contractors will strategically place “Current Buster” oil containment systems at Pasco, Vancouver, Portland and Astoria. This state-of-the-art response equipment is designed to capture oil in high current conditions.