Shoreline Permit Public Hearing

The Skagit County Hearing Examiner is holding a Shoreline Permit Public Hearing for the Clean Products Upgrade Project proposed by Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC. During the hearing, Skagit County and the Applicant will provide information about the project and the public will have the opportunity to provide testimony to inform the Hearing Examiner’s decision regarding Tesoro’s Shoreline Substantial Development Permit application. Those unable to attend the hearing can submit written testimony to be considered by the Hearing Examiner.


         Thursday, November 2, 2017
         Skagit County Commissioners’ Hearing Room
         1800 Continental Place
          Mount Vernon, WA 98273        

  • Speaker sign up opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • Hearing begins at 9 a.m.
  • The Hearing Examiner may close the hearing once all in attendance have had an opportunity to testify
  • Verbal testimony is limited to three minutes per speaker and speakers will be called up to speak in the order they sign up

Can’t attend the hearing?

Written testimony will be accepted in the following ways:

          Planning and Development Services
          Attention: Kathy Jewell
          1800 Continental Place
          Mount Vernon, WA 98273

  • Hand deliver to Skagit County PDS during business hours, or submit at the public hearing

Written testimony must be received by Skagit County PDS no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, or be presented at the public hearing. 


Tesoro proposes building the Clean Products Upgrade Project (CPUP). The CPUP includes additions and upgrades to Tesoro's existing Anacortes facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylenes and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels. Mixed xylene is a compound found in gasoline, and is used to make clothing, plastics and other synthetic products. Tesoro anticipates approximately five additional vessels a month would be needed to support the production and shipment of mixed xylenes.

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.

A staff report from Skagit County Planning and Development Services (PDS) will be available online on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Anyone who plans to attend the hearing and has special needs or disabilities should contact the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at 360-416-1300 at least 96 hours before the meeting to discuss and arrange any special accommodations.