EFSEC grants oil terminal extension as council chair announces resignation

first_imgState officials have again pushed back the decision deadline for the Vancouver Energy rail-to-marine oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver. During its regular meeting in Olympia on Tuesday, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council granted Vancouver Energy’s request to extend the application deadline until Nov. 30. It is the seventh extension granted in the evaluation process.The additional extension came just before the evaluation council’s chair, Bill Lynch, added a new twist in the project’s storyline by announcing his intention to resign in the fall. Lynch was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee at the beginning of Vancouver Energy’s application hearing process. It’s unclear what, if any, impact his decision may have on the project’s evaluation, but it has raised eyebrows for people watching the process closely. Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said it was made aware of his intent to step down but hasn’t yet received his resignation letter.last_img read more