Vancouver council extends moratorium on new crude oil terminals, but 2 projects in works


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VANCOUVER, Washington — The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to extend a moratorium on new crude oil terminals.

The vote continues a six-month moratorium adopted in March for another six months.

The moratorium gives the city staff time to review regulations and research actions other municipalities have taken.

The Columbian reports ( ) the moratorium doesn't affect two projects that already had applications in the works.

An oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies is currently under review by the state. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee. Neither does the moratorium affect the NuStar project, which involves receiving crude oil by rail and shipping it out by barge.

Information from: The Columbian,

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