There will be a hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 22, regarding one of the Pacific Northwest’s most controversial issues: railroad shipping of crude oil along the Columbia River to Vancouver.

At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Vancouver Port Commissioners will hold a public hearing at their offices to consider a lease with the Tesoro-Savage petroleum company.

The hearing comes in response to lawsuits by environmental companies regarding the lack of transparency around the proposed project.

According to OPB, the oil-by-rail terminal will handle about 400,000 barrels of oil per day, which will come from North Dakota to be refined in the Northwest.

While the companies say that the $110 million dollar project will generate about 120 new long-term jobs, opponents worry about oil spills in the river as well as other adverse environmental effects.


Nicole Betancourt

Nicole Betancourt is a news/public affairs assistant at the Portland Radio Project. She can also be found making audio, video, and print media with Child Face Productions, a production duo she co-founded during Summer 2013. When not making media, Nicole loves to play sports and ride her bike to faraway places.

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