Wash. Appeals Court Won't Block Fuel Terminal Expansions

By Caroline Simson (October 21, 2015, 10:01 PM EDT) -- A Washington state appeals court affirmed Tuesday that two fuel storage companies didn't have to demonstrate they could pay for a possible oil spill during a threshold review of their terminal expansion projects, dealing a blow to environmental groups and a Native American tribe that challenged the projects.

A three-judge panel found that while Westway Terminal Co. LLC and Imperium Terminal Services LLC will eventually have to submit such financial assurances before they begin operations at the facility, but not at this early stage.

The Quinault Indian Nation and various environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, had told the court that...

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