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Port of Vancouver pays $45,000 to settle records lawsuit

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $45,000 and has released further details about plans for an oil-by-rail terminal to settle a public records lawsuit.

The Clark County Natural Resources Council sued after the port released a copy of Vancouver Energy’s lease that the group considered to be improperly redacted. The port agreed to lift all but three of the redactions as part of a settlement announced Thursday.

Vancouver Energy is a partnership between oil refiner Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., a transportation firm. The companies are planning to build a major terminal for receiving oil by rail and transferring it to ships, which would bring it to refineries along the West Coast.

The Columbian newspaper reports that the newly released documents show Vancouver Energy could expand or build a second oil-by-rail facility if it handles more than 400,000 barrels of crude, on average, with the first terminal.