Hundreds object proposed Vancouver oil facility

Hundreds packed into the CenterPlace Regional Event Center Thursday night, expressing concerns about the proposed oil facility in Washington.

The Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal Project would create a 47-acre facility at the Port of Vancouver, along the northern bank of the Columbia River.

But many in the region don’t want that to happen.

You have so many oil cars going through an urban area like Spokane,” said Eric Grimsrud. “It's dangerous, it interrupts traffic, and it’s inconvenient.”

The proposed facility would receive and house an average of 360,000 barrels of crude oil every day by rail. Then transport the oil to the West Coast using marine vessels via the Columbia River.

The project would cost $210 million.

Vancouver Energy Officials say the project would create 320 jobs during construction and support over 1,000 full-time jobs.

Officials also say the project has the potential to displace thirty percent of the crude oil currently imported from foreign countries for use on the West Coast.

The comments from the public meeting will be reviewed and considered during the final environmental impact report.

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