BOC-mtg_02262013-webVANCOUVER, Wash. –The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, July 9, to attend to one action item and routine port business, including the approval of minutes and payment of vouchers. Click to view a complete agenda. Open session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Room at the port’s administrative building located at 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver.

A commission workshop that had been tentatively planned for July 9 has been rescheduled to Monday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the port administrative building. The workshop date was changed to provide additional time for lease negotiations to occur; and the meeting time was adjusted in response to recent public comment before the commission that many would prefer an evening meeting, allowing those occupied during the day to attend.

During the July 22 workshop, commissioners will review and discuss a proposed lease between the port and the Tesoro-Savage Joint Venture. The workshop on the lease will be the fifth in a series aimed at providing information to the commissioners as they consider a proposal by the port’s longtime tenant Tesoro to construct and operate a crude oil handling facility at the port. In partnership with the logistics company Savage, Tesoro is proposing to bring North American crude oil to the port by rail where it would then be transferred to marine vessels for transport to refineries in such places as California, Washington and Alaska. Previous workshop topics include Marine Safety, Rail Safety, the EFSEC permitting process, and an overview of the proposed Tesoro-Savage project.

It is anticipated that the proposed lease will come before the commissioners for action during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. As always, commission workshops are open to the public and interested parties are welcome to attend. The public may also provide comment during all regularly scheduled board meetings. In addition, messages to the commissioners can be shared by telephone, email and regular mail. Click for more information on how to communicate with the port’s Board of Commissioners.

For those community members not able to attend on Tuesday, the meeting will be televised live on CVTV (cable channels 21 and 23) beginning at 9:30 a.m. It also will be streamed live on and will be archived later in the day on the same website for future viewing.

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