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Tesoro Anacortes Refinery

The county planning department has set an open house this Thursday in Anacortes for Tesoro’s proposal to build a plant expansion to extract xylene from crude oil.

Xylene can be used to create products such as polyester fabrics and other plastics. Their proposal is to ship the xylene to Asia.

An open house is set for 4:00-8:00 pm Thursday, Mar. 31, at the Anacortes High School gym and will take public comment from 4:30-7:00 pm in Brodniak Hall on the AHS campus. The open house is for what’s called a “scoping” meeting to review how extensive required environmental impact statement would be needed.

The county’s Web site says they will be using a lottery system to determine the speakers, in case there are more individuals that wish to speak than can be accommodated during this time period. Each speaker will have up to two minutes to make a verbal comment for the record.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,122 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

259 Hospitalizations
61 Deaths
7,743 Fully Vaccinated
26,198 Doses Given


319,498 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,224 Hospitalizations

4,942 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, February 25, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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