The Port of Camas-Washougal Commission has decided not to pursue passage of a resolution that would have expressed concerns regarding an increase in oil train traffic.
The increase is expected, if an oil terminal is built at the Port of Vancouver.
The resolution that was under consideration would have urged the Washington Department of Transportation and the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board to analyze and study the potential economic effect of oil train traffic on the displacement of existing economic activity, loss of access to rail transport by local and regional shippers and economic damages resulting from accidents on the rails.
The resolution referred to explosions, spills and deaths due to derailments of tankers carrying Bakken crude oil in Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada, as well as North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.
Port of C-W Commissioner Bill Ward favored the resolution, but Mark Lampton and Bill Macrae-Smith questioned whether passing the paperwork would produce any results.