Bart “Climate Warrior” Hansen takes stand against oil terminal

Two days after Vancouver City Councilor Jack Burkman publicly took a stand against the proposed Tesoro-Savage $110 million oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Councilor Bart Hansen took to Facebook to say he opposes the project.

In February we reported Hansen’s skepticism about the project, and the emails I receive under a standing public disclosure request show Hansen has been discussing his concerns about the safety of oil trains with Seattle City Councilor Mike O’Brien and Tacoma City Councilor Ryan Mello, who O’Brien referred to as “a fellow climate warrior.”

Here’s his Facebook post:


The city council will vote next month on whether to file as an intervenor in the EFSEC process. While the council has submitted comments to the stateĀ Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee as to whether the oil terminal should be approved, but by filing as an intervenor the city would take a much more active role in the process. If two more members of the council join Burkman and Hansen, the city will be fighting it.

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at or 360-735-4508.

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