By Vancouver Energy On July 11, 2016
Witnesses at today’s adjudication proceedings covered rail safety and safety procedures at the terminal. Today was the last day of testimony on behalf of Vancouver Energy and project supporters.
--Keith Casey, executive vice president for operations at Tesoro, testified that safety and environmental protection are the most important parts of operating the Vancouver Energy crude-by–rail terminal. He indicated that all employees at the proposed terminal will have the authority to shut down operations if they think an unsafe condition exists.
The terminal will provide much-needed domestic oil to West Coast refineries, including the Tesoro refinery in Washington, Casey said. The domestic oil handled at the terminal will displace oil currently coming to U.S. refineries from foreign countries, and will also help serve a growing demand for low-sulfur crude oil, he added.
--Greg Rhoads of Greg Rhoads & Associates, an expert on workplace safety, hazardous materials and emergency response, testified that the number of train accidents has gone down over the last eight years, even as the number of crude oil shipments by rail has increased over the same period.
Crude oil transported by rail can be done safely and will continue to be a part of the U.S. energy picture for some time, as will transportation of other forms of hazardous materials, Rhoads said. The Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal uses technology well known to the energy and railroad industries and is based upon sound engineering and risk management principles and strategies.
--Brian Dunn, associate engineer at Kittelson & Associates, testified that the construction and permanent operation of the proposed terminal can be achieved while maintaining acceptable levels of service and safety on surrounding public streets under the jurisdiction of the City of Vancouver and Washington State Department of Transportation, as well as on the private roadways on Port of Vancouver property.