Andeavor

The Andeavor Anacortes Refinery operates in December 2017 as seen from the Tommy Thompson Trail.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners will hold an appeal hearing Tuesday regarding a multimillion dollar project proposed for the Andeavor Anacortes Refinery.

The hearing will be 9 to 11 a.m. in the Commissioners Office, 1800 Continental Place in Mount Vernon.

The refinery at March Point, which formerly operated as Tesoro, is seeking to upgrade and build new equipment in order to extract the chemical compound xylene during the oil refining process for shipment overseas and to reduce sulfur emissions from its fuel products.

The proposal, called the Clean Products Upgrade Project, has been through an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, and some of the permits needed for the project have been approved.

Skagit County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford determined in late 2017 that Skagit County Planning and Development adequately assessed the proposal in the EIS, and Dufford approved a shoreline substantial development permit for the project.

In December, a coalition of environmental groups appealed Dufford’s decision.

At the upcoming hearing, Skagit County Planning and Department staff, refinery representatives and members of the groups appealing the permit will each have a chance to present their stance on the legality of Dufford’s decision.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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