Army Corps of Engineers to seek public comment on Tesoro-Savage Terminal Work

From a press release sent out today:

In February 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, received an application from Tesoro Savage Petroleum Terminal, LLC, for Department of the Army authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act to construct an export terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Proposed activities requiring authorization from the Army Corps include replacing decking, mooring hardware and fender systems, filling hollow steel pilings, removing portions of overwater structures, and installing oil transfer and return lines, a jib crane, manifolds and related facilities on an existing pier. The remainder of the proposed terminal would be built in uplands and does not require Army authorization. Upland work would include constructing rail lines, above-ground storage tanks, buildings and related facilities.

The Corps has determined a standard individual permit process is required for the proposed work, and will issue a public notice later in June to seek public input. The Corps is including in its analysis of the project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the specific activities in the Columbia River requiring a Department of Army permit, and the environmental impacts of those specific activities. The Corps will also analyze those portions of the project that would occur outside of the Columbia River, but are integrally tied to the activities requiring a permit and over which the Corps has sufficient control and responsibility to warrant Federal review. The Corps may extend its analysis beyond the specific activities requiring an Army permit only to the extent allowed under existing law, regulation and policy. For this proposal, associated activities that are beyond the control and responsibility of the Corps, such as mainline rail service to bring crude oil to the terminal, cannot be analyzed as part of the permit process.

The full press release can be found here.


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