Vancouver’s East Old Evergreen Highway Neighborhood Association, with residents living near BNSF Railway tracks, wants information about a proposal to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. To that end, the association will convene a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.The forum will include brief presentations by proponents and opponents of a plan by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a transfer facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day, which would be hauled to the port on BNSF tracks from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The project is estimated to cost between $150 million and $190 million.But the port, which approved a lucrative lease deal with Tesoro-Savage in October, says it won’t attend. Its reason is prompting criticism from neighborhood association leaders.Those expected to participate in Wednesday’s forum include: representatives of Tesoro and Savage, BNSF, Columbia Waterfront LLC, Columbia Riverkeeper, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, Vancouver Fire Department and the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.In addition to brief presentations, the forum will feature a formal question-and-answer period and, later, an opportunity for audience members to meet and speak directly with presenters.
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