PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland has rejected a request from Zenith Energy to add several underground pipes at its Northwest Portland oil terminal along the Willamette River.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Zenith told city officials it would promise not to pass any fossil fuels though the three pipes, only biofuels and a low-toxin chemical used to make polyurethane.
But Zenith acknowledged in its application to the city's franchise office, which controls what is put beneath city streets, that the new pipes under Northwest Front Avenue would be physically capable of transporting fossil fuels.
So the city's Office for Community Technology turned Zenith down, according to a letter it sent a Zenith official and a lawyer for the company Friday.
Zenith has been contentious in Portland because tar sands crude oil from Canada is transported by train through Portland neighborhoods to the firm's terminal on the Willamette.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com