By Vancouver Energy On June 24, 2016
Over the next five weeks, this blog will provide regular updates on a critical portion of the review process for the Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal. Beginning on Monday, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will start its adjudicative proceedings for the project.
The proceedings will take place June 27 through July 29 and most weeks will be held on a Monday through Thursday schedule. The first and last weeks will take place in Vancouver at the Clark College Conference Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. The middle three weeks will take place in Olympia at the Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. S.W. Each day’s testimony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The hearings will be designed like a legal trial, with supporters and opponents of the proposed terminal both calling witnesses on their behalf, and the hearings overseen by EFSEC Administrative Law Judge Cassandra Noble. Unlike a legal trial, the judge will make no decision at the close of the hearings – instead the hearings are intended to provide evidence for EFSEC to use in making its recommendation on the Vancouver Energy project.
Vancouver Energy and other project supporters will present their case over the first two-and-a-half weeks of the hearings, followed by intervenors for the second half of the hearings. The side not presenting its case will have the chance to cross-examine witnesses, and the judge and EFSEC members will also be able to ask questions of witnesses.
Please bookmark us and visit this blog over the next five weeks for recaps of testimony and other updates from the hearings. Click on the icons at the top of the page to share the posts with your friends via email and social media. We will also be providing regular updates on the hearings via the Vancouver Energy Facebook page and Twitter account.