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Panel: Washington governor should deny massive oil terminal

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 file photo shows a tugboat maneuvering through waiting freighters on the Columbia River near the Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash. Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River that would be the nation's largest have poured big money into a local port commissioner race that may shape the project's future. (AP Photo/Don Ryan,File)

SEATTLE (AP) — A state energy panel has voted to recommend that a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River in Washington state be denied.

The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which has been evaluating the project since 2013, unanimously agreed Tuesday to tell Gov. Jay Inslee to reject the project. Inslee will have 60 days to make a final decision after receiving the council's written report, expected by Dec. 29.

In a meeting in Olympia that lasted about 10 minutes, the council's interim chair, Roselyn Marcus, says they weighed more than 250,000 public comments in a process that was the longest in the panel's history.

The Vancouver Energy terminal, a joint venture of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., would receive about 360,000 barrels of crude oil by trains a day at the port of Vancouver. Oil would temporarily be stored at the port of Vancouver site, and then loaded onto tankers and ships bound for West Coast refineries.

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