The Hoquiam City Council last night delayed a decision on zoning restrictions for petroleum-based products. Mayor Jack Durney suggested a June 1st workshop “This is where we decide, and we make a decision and legacy for what the town is going to look like. What the waterfront is going to look like, and I think that this is important stuff.”
All four versions disallow oil storage anywhere in Hoquiam, Mayor Durney suggested the council adopt option ‘D’ which would further restrictions on other types of bulk liquid storage facilities – sometimes called “tank farms,” only allowing them on the East side of the Hoquiam river.
The city adopted a moratorium on the storage facilities a few months back, but have yet to work out the zoning changes that would allow existing companies like Imperium Renewables to operate and expand.