Oil terminal proposed at Port of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An energy company is seeking approval from Vancouver, Washington, to convert its existing facility to handle crude oil by trains.

The Columbian reports that NuStar Energy L.P. is proposing to handle about 22,000 barrels of crude oil a day at the Port of Vancouver.

The Vancouver City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that accept crude oil in September. But the company filed its pre-application a day earlier, exempting it from the ban.

A decision from the city is expected in April.

NuStar spokesman Chris Cho says crude oil would arrive by trains at the Port of Vancouver and those trains would be separated for handling.

Also in Vancouver, Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are proposing to build an oil transfer terminal that would handle 360,000 barrels of crude per day.