Vancouver oil terminal caught mislead public, again
Jan. 6 - Texas based oil giant Tesoro has plans to build the nation's largest oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. From the very beginning the terminal's permitting process has been caught misleading the public. Earlier this year, the Port of Vancouver was rebuked for pressuring the Governor to approve the terminal. Before that, state regulators sparred with Tesoro over their "subpar" and misleading evaluation of the terminals impacts.
Now terminal proponents are caught in a new string of controversy.
In November, Tesoro sent out a 12-page mailer across the state touting the benefits of the terminal. Tesoro gave the mailer the appearance of well-done research, citing several prominent organizations to make their case. The only problem is those same organizations don't know what Tesoro is talking about. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the California Air Resources Board and the Washington Department of Ecology (all cited in the piece) have issued statements that their research is being misrepresented to the public.
“Residents who received your mailing have contacted Carnegie,” Gordon wrote in the Dec. 11 letter. “They are confused and deserve to officially have the record set straight as well as removing any reference in future publications.”
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Friday sent a letter to a Tesoro Corp. under a header “Publicizing Correction for Misleading Statements in Vancouver Energy mailing.” Tesoro and Savage Cos. are the partners behind Vancouver Energy.
Dave Clegern, a public information officer for the California Air Resources Board, says he's also asked the company for a correction, but Vancouver Energy hasn't responded.
"The numbers they're using are basically context-less data numbers for carbon intensity because they're presenting the measurements as if they're a full picture, and they're not," he says. "Their numbers don't take into account combustion, and we really have no idea why they're citing us. We're not even sure where they're getting their numbers."
(Similar stories have also been written by the Seattle Times)
Text from December OpEd from the Columbian Editorial Board
This all comes at a rather inconvenient time for Tesoro. Yesterday, was the first public hearing on the terminal in Vancouver and the crowd was overwhelmingly in opposition, many siting the company's blatantly misleading statements.
Two more hearings will be held on the terminal:
When: Tuesday, January 12, 5PM-11PM
Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Hall B
17402 NE Delfel Road Ridgefield, WA 98642. Take exit 9 from I-5
When: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 4:30pm to 11:00pm
Where: Centerplace Regional Event Center 2426 N. Discovery Place 99216 Spokane Valley, WA
Those interested can also submit written comment by January 22.
For a company trying to win approval for a terminal that will bring several mile-long oil trains-a-day across the state, this is a major blow. For the public, it'll be that much more difficult to trust a company that wants to ship explosive cargo but can't be bothered to check their facts.
- Nick Abraham
Editor Oil Check Northwest
[email protected] @oilchecknw