VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- This week the Port of Vancouver commissioners approved a $45 million lease for slightly more than 40 acres of oil terminal facilities. Supporters say it will create 200 good-paying jobs, while opponents are concerned about the environmental impact.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told KOIN 6 News there are legitimate questions surrounding the safety of the plan. Recent train derailments, including one in Quebec that killed 42 people and destroyed the town of Lac Megantic, entered into his thinking.
"Our thinking has always been we need to have the permit process followed," he said. "We need the law to be followed. We need the public to be protected."
The plan would have trains bring the oil to the ports, which would then be transferred onto ships on the river.
That's what concerns Dan Serres of the Columbia Riverkeepers.
"A spill of any size would have an incredible impact on the quality of the river. There are people downstream that drink the water," he said.
The terminal would be run by a company and the proposal is now with the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. The governor said the state's permitting process has not yet started.
"There are improvements that the railroads have told me that are going to improve the safety of the cars involved in this, to strengthen them," Inslee said.
Hundreds of people are expected to protest at the ports on Saturday and along the Columbia River.
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