Gov. Jay Inslee said he hadn’t heard much about a new oil refinery along the Columbia River but emails show his administration has been working for months to facilitate the project.

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PORTLAND — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently said he hadn’t heard much about a new oil refinery along the Columbia River but emails show his administration has been working for months to facilitate the project.

Citing emails obtained through a public-records request, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Inslee’s advisers have been courting a project by Riverside Energy to build a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery in Longview, Washington.

Plans for a 45,000 barrels-per-day refinery surfaced publicly in April. The project would process 30,000 barrels of crude oil and 15,000 barrels of seed oil and used cooking oil.

Inslee told reporters on May 28 he hadn’t heard much about the project other than what had been reported in the media.

Emails show Inslee’s cabinet and staff have been in discussions with the company’s CEO for nearly a year.

Ask about the emails last week, Inslee said he expects his staff to have such discussions.