No decision on legal fight over port meetings

first_imgA Clark County Superior Court judge on Thursday heard arguments over how far three environmental groups should be able to push in seeking information to support their allegations that the Port of Vancouver illegally excluded the public from discussions of a proposed oil terminal lease.Judge David Gregerson said he would give further consideration to the matter before making any decisions. He said he’s concerned that some questions asked of the port fall outside certain boundaries.And he indicated that a retired judge could be made available to referee sessions during which attorneys question the port as part of the case’s pretrial discovery phase.Arguing before Gregerson, Elizabeth Zultoski, a Seattle attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center, said the port’s attorneys were trying to “cut off” the plaintiffs’ ability “to gain all of the evidence (they) need to prove (their) claims.”David Markowitz, a Portland attorney for the port and commissioners Nancy Baker, Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe, countered that any questions should be limited to the port’s past use of closed-door meetings about the oil terminal lease. Instead, he contended, some questions veered into current or future considerations, including whether the port should cancel the lease.last_img

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