Terminal critic Don Orange appears to win decisive victory for port commission after costly election

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - A ship waits at the Port of Vancouver, where a massive oil-by-rail terminal is proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage. Tuesday's election may wind up killing the project. Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver commissioner, based on initial election returns showing him winning 64.6 percent of the vote against Kris Greene.

Orange's victory is likely a death knell for a massive oil terminal that's been proposed at the port for years.

The costly port election has received a lot of attention, mostly because of the unusually large contributions pouring into the race. Combined, the candidates raised around $1 million, a large bulk of it from outside companies and oil interests. 

Though the port has signed a lease with Vancouver Energy to allow the terminal — which would have moved around 360,000 barrels of oil a day and been the largest oil-by-rail facility in the country — the port's board of commissioners does have the option to cancel the lease.

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