HOQUIAM, Wash.  - The owner of a Grays Harbor biodiesel facility says it won't handle crude oil as it pursues an expansion project on Washington's coast.
The project was one of three terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor to bring crude oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.
Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group told local and state regulators it wants to expand capacity to handle bulk liquids but crude oil won't be in the mix.
REG spokesman Anthony Hulen said in an email Wednesday that the company is looking forward to producing lower carbon, renewable fuel at Grays Harbor. The current facility handles biodiesel, petroleum diesel, vegetable oil and methanol.
REG acquired Imperium Renewables last summer as local and state regulators were preparing an environmental review of a project to handle up to 1.1 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids.
Opponents of the proposed crude oil terminal cheered the company's decision.