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Hearing set for proposed expansion of Anacortes refinery

A proposed project at Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes would add up to five additional vessels to export xylene to East Asia.
A proposed project at Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes would add up to five additional vessels to export xylene to East Asia. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Skagit County Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing next month on a shoreline permit application for the proposed expansion of an oil refinery in Anacortes.

Andeavor Anacortes Refinery is the former Anacortes Tesoro Refinery.

The hearing will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 in the Skagit County Board of Commissioners’ hearing room in Mount Vernon.

During the hearing, Skagit County and Andeavor will provide information about the project, and the public will have the opportunity to comment.

Those wishing to speak can sign up at 8:30 a.m. Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker.

Those unable to attend can submit written testimony to be considered by the hearing examiner.

Written testimony will be accepted by mail (Skagit County Planning and Development Services, Attention: Kathy Jewell, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, 98273), by hand at the Planning and Development Services office, or online at tesoroanacorteseis.com/comment.

Written comments will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 or can be presented at the hearing.

The Clean Products Upgrade Project includes additions and upgrades to Andeavor’s existing Anacortes facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylene and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels.

Mixed xylene, a compound found in gasoline, is used to make clothing, plastics and other synthetic products. Tesoro anticipates about five additional vessels a month would be needed to support the production and shipment of mixed xylene.

The portion of the Andeavor project that requires a shoreline permit includes what is called a dock safety unit, which would be on the existing refinery wharf, and a three-inch natural gas line that would run from the dock safety unit to the refinery.

A staff report from Planning and Development Services will be available Oct. 26 at TesoroAnacortesEIS.com.

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