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PRELIMINARY SITE STUDY RELEASED ON THE TRANS MOUNTAIN OIL PIPELINE PROPOSAL

 PRELIMINARY SITE STUDY RELEASED ON THE
 TRANS MOUNTAIN OIL PIPELINE PROPOSAL
 OLYMPIA, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) today released a preliminary site study of a proposed crude oil pipeline. The study identifies issues that Trans Mountain Oil Pipe Line Co. Ltd. will need to address in an application to construct and operate its proposed Low Point project. Conducted by EFSEC's independent consultant, the preliminary site study identifies numerous issues and concerns which are listed in the report under the following headings:
 -- Water Quality and Resources Issues
 -- Land, Social, and Economic Issues
 -- Regulatory, Institutional and Process Issues
 -- Safety, Liability, and Risk Issues
 -- Environmental Impact Statement and Technology Issues
 -- Air Quality Issues
 Upon releasing the study, EFSEC's Chairman Bob Waldo said, "This report outlines the many tough questions that Trans Mountain must answer. EFSEC will thoroughly address all the issues during its review of an application for the Low Point project."
 In accordance with state law, EFSEC commissioned ?independent consultant to conduct the study. EFSEC's consultant, ENSR Consulting and Engineering of Redmond, used public workshops, literature review, and technical expertise to identify public, environmental, technical, socioeconomic and regulatory issues relating to the construction and operation of the project.
 Trans Mountain Pipe Line Co. Ltd. is planning to construct and operate an oil tanker moorage facility and tank farm at Low Point, approximately 18 miles west of Port Angeles. These facilities would be connected by a 155-mile underground pipeline from Low Point to Washington's four major oil refineries near Anacortes and Bellingham. The pipeline would include 8-10 miles of marine crossings under Puget Sound and approximately 80 stream and river crossings.
 State law requires EFSEC to review and evaluate proposed new energy projects in Washington. Trans Mountain will not be allowed to build the project without a recommendation from EFSEC and approval by the governor. No formal application has been received for the proposed Low Point project, but a detailed application is expected in May.
 Copies of the study have been sent to the county commissioner's or council offices of Cialiam, Jefferson, Island, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties and to the mayor's offices of Port Angeles, Mt. Vernon, Bellingham and Ferndale. State agencies, Indian Tribes, the Army Corp of Engineers and some libraries will also receive copies. The 150-page study, or a four-page executive summary is available free upon request from:
 Courtney Johnson
 Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
 809 Legion Way SE
 PO Box 43172
 Olympia, WA 98504-3172
 Phone 206-956-2150
 -0- 4/15/92
 /CONTACT: Allen Fiksdal of the State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 206-956-2152/ CO: State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council ST: Washington IN: OIL SU:


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