Rising Tide protesters gather at port gate

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first_imgAbout 50 environmental activists paraded and chanted Monday morning near the entrance to the Port of Vancouver, in the latest protest against proposed construction of an oil-transfer terminal at the port.The demonstration was organized by the Portland and Vancouver chapters of Rising Tide, an environmental group that is focused on “confronting the root causes of climate change,” said Stephen Quirke, a Portland member. Rising Tide is opposed to a proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a $110 million terminal at the port. The Port of Vancouver commission has unanimously approved a lease for the proposal, which is undergoing a lengthy environmental review by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, or EFSEC. Several hundred people attended an EFSEC hearing last week in Vancouver, and a vast majority registered their opposition to the project. Gov. Jay Inslee will make the final call on the project. Demonstrators carried signs as they circled the roadway leading into the port’s main checkpoint, but they stood back to allow trucks to enter or leave. Vancouver police and port security personnel were on hand, but demonstrators said they did not intend to break any laws. Many chanted: “No tankers. No pipelines. No oil on the rail lines.”Quirke said he and others are concerned about safety issues surrounding the terminal, in addition to the continued use of fossil fuels for energy. “We’re just here to say the port shouldn’t be doing this,” Quirke said.last_img

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