New survey shows continued support for oil facility

A new survey conducted in June by Portland-based DHM Research found that 68 percent of Clark County registered voters are in favor of Vancouver Energy’s proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The results of the survey are nearly identical to a 2014 survey (also conducted by DHM Research) that found the proposed project was favored by 69 percent.

Of the 400 Clark County registered voters who participated in the telephone survey, 38 percent said they strongly favor the project; 30 percent said they somewhat favor the project; 18 percent strongly oppose; and 13 percent somewhat oppose.

When asked if there are any particular reasons they would support the proposed project, 66 percent answered ‘jobs and economy’; 17 percent answered ‘domestic oil’; and 9 percent said ‘fuel prices.’

If completed, the joint venture between Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC and Savage Companies could ship 360,000 barrels of oil daily from the port to refineries along the West Coast. Officials at Vancouver Energy say that could displace approximately 30 percent of crude oil currently imported from foreign countries. The project is currently being reviewed by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC).

The overall margin of error for the survey is +/- 4.9 percent.

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