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Vancouver City Council votes to prevent future oil companies from using industrial zone

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The Vancouver City Council unanimously voted to prevent future crude oil storage, handling and refining facilities in the city’s industrial zones.

The seven to zero vote brought Kelly O’Hanley from Portland in tears saying Monday is a day of celebration.

"I'm in tears, I'm thrilled with the vote. A day of celebration. A day of rest and back at it," said O'Hanley.

Monday afternoon, about 150 people rallied near City Hall to voice their concerns.

“We can’t afford another spill,” Mosier resident Maria McCormick said. “It’s our lives, our livelihood, our farms and our kids.”

On June 3, 16 tanker cars derailed in Mosier releasing 42,000 gallons of crude oil. Half burned off, while the other half seeped into the ground and water.

“These trains are coming from oil fields to terminals,” McCormick said.

McCormick adds that every single community on the way to Vancouver could possibly be affected.

The vote Monday would stop future proposals like the one by Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project, which was to build an oil-by-train marine terminal in Vancouver. A spokesperson for the company said it wouldn't be affected by the vote Monday, since the proposal is already being reviewed and is in adjudication. The spokesperson adds the project would be located at the Port of Vancouver, would bring jobs to the area, and generate billions of dollars in economic value to the local and regional economy.

Vancouver residents are glad for the city council’s vote and feel they are making it a safer community.

“We need to speak up now instead of waiting for something to happen,” Sarah Collmer of Vancouver said.

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