SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- State officials were in Spokane Valley Wednesday night to take public comments about a new facility that would transfer crude oil along the West Coast.
More than 100 people came out to Center Place to voice their concerns about the proposal from a joint venture between Tesoro and Savage Companies out of Salt Lake City. The companies planned to build a crude oil transfer station in Vancouver, Washington.
“Should we become this giant fossil fuel exporter,” asked Bart Mahailovich with Spokane River Keepers Wednesday night, “or are we the Evergreen State that kind of have better feeling and understanding about?”
As part of the proposal, the state was asked to consider allowing BNSF and Union Pacific to transport as many as 1.4 million gallons of crude through the Spokane region every day.
“One, it will bring jobs and economic benefit to Vancouver and that area,” said Kelly Flint, Senior Vice President of Savage. “The second is… [It will] bring a stable supply of domestic crude to refineries that supply the West Coast of the United States.”
Any approval or rejection for the project was more than a year away with more evaluation expected from state officials. The final decision rests with the governor.