Environment & Energy

Port of Vancouver could have ended oil terminal conflict without penalty

Instead of putting the ball back in the court of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., Port of Vancouver commissioners could have delivered an emphatic smash last week.

The commissioners unanimously agreed Friday to offer revisions on a lease to build an oil terminal along the shore of the Columbia River, leaving it up to Tesoro and Savage — working in conjunction as Vancouver Energy — to decide whether to accept the revisions. “We’re pleased to have received a unanimous decision by the port commission, which affirms the value of the Vancouver Energy project and demonstrates their continued commitment to the project,” company officials said in a statement.