The largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in North America died a quiet death on Tuesday, as Port of Vancouver (Wash.) commissioners voted to terminate the lease of a project fought over for almost five years.
The death knell came last month when Gov. Jay Inslee rejected the project, which would have brought two long oil trains a day to a terminal on the Columbia River. The oil would have been shipped down the river to refineries along the West Coast.
Environmentalists furiously fought the terminal, culminating in a Vancouver Port Commission race last November that turned into a six-figure slugfest between the petroleum industry and the greens. The anti-terminal candidate won in a landslide.