Shell Oil Co. filed a lawsuit Monday in Skagit County Superior Court against Skagit County and County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford, seeking a review of Dufford’s decision requiring Shell perform an environmental impact statement before building a crude oil unloading facility at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery.

The suit was filed before the county commissioners met Tuesday to decide whether further administrative appeals were available. The commissioners approved a resolution declaring the matter out of their jurisdiction.

In the lawsuit, Shell claims that Dufford’s decision exceeds his jurisdiction and is not related to the “reasonably foreseeable” impacts of Shell’s proposal.

This story is developing.

— Reporter Shannen Kuest, 360-416-2145, skuest@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: Shannen_SVH, Facebook.com/ShannenReporter

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