- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (https://bit.ly/15Psa7Z) most were from environmental groups who raised concerns about wetlands, traffic and the risk of spills. They’re asking for a full environmental impact study before any permits are issued.

Some businesses owners spoke in support of the refinery, which has 450 employees. It processes up to 150,000 barrels of crude oil a day to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, https://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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