VANCOUVER -- There is growing concern over a proposed crude oil terminal in Vancouver.
Under the proposal, the facility would be built at the Port of Vancouver s Terminal 5.
If approved, up to 360,000 barrels of oil would eventually be hauled by train from North Dakota through the Gorge to the dock. That oil would then be loaded onto tankers and shipped down the Columbia River.
The facility would be the largest oil-loading terminal in the Pacific Northwest. It would also mean up to four oil trains passing through Vancouver every day.
Environmental groups said that will put communities and our river at risk.
If we have a problem with an oil train spilling into the Columbia River it would be a catastrophe... it could devastate salmon runs, said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper.
The Port of Vancouver said the oil terminal would be run under the most stringent of safety guidelines.
If something were to move forward, it would be state of the industry. It would be as safe as possible. Everything would be done very well, said Theresa Wagner with the Port of Vancouver.
Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke said the area needs both the jobs and the revenue that the terminal would bring.
The Port could approve the project as early as next week, but it would still have to get state approval.