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The Public’s Role

The public played an essential role in the Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. Public comment is vital to an effective environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Stakeholders, including agencies and the general public, had the opportunity to provide comments for consideration during the EIS scoping phase and again with the release of the draft EIS.


The first step in the EIS process is called scoping. This phase included a comment period (from March 17, 2016, through April 15, 2016) where the public and other stakeholders had the opportunity to provide feedback on what should be analyzed in the EIS.

Specifically, the scoping process requested input on the following topics:

  • Reasonable range of alternatives;
  • Potentially affected resources and extent of analysis for those resources;
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects of the proposal; and
  • Cumulative impacts.

After considering comments, Skagit County determined what should be included in the EIS.

Draft EIS

Skagit County prepared a draft EIS. The draft EIS includes information about the proposed project, its potential environmental impacts, and what could be done to avoid or minimize those impacts. The information in the draft EIS was provided for review and comment by interested parties. Review the draft EIS online and view comments submitted during the draft EIS comment period (March 23 - May 8, 2017).

Final EIS

Skagit County compiled, reviewed and considered the comments submitted on the draft EIS and prepared the final EIS. The final EIS may be used by agencies to inform permitting decisions for the proposed project. Seven days following publication of the final EIS, permits may be issued based on the regulatory requirements for each permit process


Tesoro has applied for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit in accordance with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act and the Skagit County Shoreline Management Master Program. The portion of the CPUP that is within shoreline jurisdiction includes a Dock Safety Unit (DSU), which would be located on the existing refinery wharf, and a 3-inch natural gas line that would be constructed to run from the DSU to the Vapor Combustion Unit, which would be located in the upland area of the refinery. Both are a part of the proposed Marine Vapor Emission Control System.

The Skagit County Hearing Examiner held a Shoreline Permit Public Hearing on November 2 for the Clean Products Upgrade Project. The hearing provided the public with the opportunity to provide verbal or written testimony. 

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