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Vancouver debates oil train terminal

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Port of Vancouver commissioners could vote Tuesday on a lease for a terminal that would take oil by train from North Dakota and ship it to West Coast refineries.

Port managers are recommending approval of the deal with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies.

The commission held a hearing on the lease Monday evening, July 22, and The Columbian reports most of the 90 people attending opposed the facility.

Demonstrators outside held banners that said “In solidarity with Lac-Megantic,” in reference to the Quebec town where 50 people were killed July 6. The fatalities occurred when a runaway train of crude oil derailed and exploded.

Oil trains from North Dakota would run through the Columbia River Gorge and Vancouver.

The terminal also would have to receive the approval of the Washington State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee.

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