Portland OKs Zenith Energy plan to phase out crude oil

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials have approved Zenith Energy’s plan to phase out crude oil at its terminal and move to renewable fuels in the next five years. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports on Monday, the Portland Bureau of Development Services OK’d the company’s land use compatibility statement and said Zenith’s plans for its terminal in the northwest industrial area are compatible with the city’s climate action goals. The announcement comes over a year after the city denied the company’s certification because it didn’t meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The company has been planning to expand its operations since 2020 but needed a land-use certification from the city to move forward.