Council determines Tesoro-Savage project in Vancouver complies with land use requirements
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) issued an order today that confirms the proposed Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal is consistent with local land use plans and zoning ordinances.
This determination is not an endorsement or approval of the proposed terminal.
The council’s approval of land use compliance is a part of the review of a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, which also includes an ongoing environmental review. EFSEC is expected to issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) later this year.
EFSEC conducted a hearing on May 28 in Vancouver, and received testimony from Tesoro-Savage, the City of Vancouver, and members of the community who addressed the issue of land use consistency for the Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal.
After a thorough review of the proposed terminal, EFSEC will make a recommendation to Gov. Inslee, who ultimately makes the final decision to approve or deny the proposal.
EFSEC was created by the state Legislature in 1970 to provide "one stop" licensing for large energy projects. The council's responsibilities include siting large natural gas and oil pipelines, thermal electric power plants that are 350 megawatts or greater and their dedicated transmission lines, new oil refineries or large expansions of existing facilities, and underground natural gas storage fields.
More information concerning the proposed project can be found at www.efsec.wa.gov