Port of Vancouver Commissioner President Eric LaBrant issued the motion to exercise a clause which cancels the lease for the terminal effective March 31, 2018. Because of YOU, the Commission took the vote in front of an overflow crowd, with many audience members testifying in support of the Port’s decision to terminate the largest oil-by-rail terminal proposal in North America. The vote was unequivocal and unanimous to end the lease.
This huge victory is because you showed up and spoke out against oil spills, train derailments, and the polluted future brought on by Big Oil.
Back in November, then candidate Don Orange won a landslide victory based on a platform against the oil terminal. Today, that hard work has paid off.
What is next? It will take until March 31 to officially terminate the lease. Today’s decision initiates that process and puts Tesoro on notice to move out. Governor Inslee also plays a critical role and will be making a final decision on the permits based on the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s unanimous recommendation to deny the project. We expect Governor Inslee to make this decision in the upcoming weeks.
Today, let’s celebrate this landslide win by the community. Send a thank you to the commissioners.