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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery And Explosive Oil Trains

    The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail. This would be the first west coast refinery constructed in over 25 years, and the largest new refinery in the continental United States since 1976.

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  • Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission Caves on Dangerous Propane Proposal

    The City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. There’s still a chance to stop this project by calling the Portland City Council today! City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment. Share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

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  • Coalition Praises City of Vancouver’s Decision for Full EIS on Proposed NuStar Oil Terminal

    Oil project update: City of Vancouver will require the NuStar Energy proposal to provide a full environmental impact statement (EIS), rather than a short-cut Environmental Assessment (EA). The EIS will allow the public to be more involved in the decision-making process for this project. The NuStar proposal is convert a bulk terminal to oil-by-rail at the Port of Vancouver.

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  • Proposed Coal Export Terminal Can’t Proceed in Absence of Rejected Permit

    The proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal faces the latest in a series of disappointments today. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that project proponent Ambre Energy can receive its water quality certification only if it also receives a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands — a permit that State Lands already rejected in August 2014.

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  • Another Blow to Coal Export Proposals in Pacific NW

    “Members of the Oregon Transportation Commission made the right decision today, and Oregonians deserve no less from their public officials,” former OTC chairperson Catherine Mater said. “Oregon families expect the commission to hold public funding proposals to the highest possible standards and that our public funds are invested in the best transportation projects. We are glad that the commission exercised appropriate oversight and resisted strong political pressure to rubber-stamp approval of a bad project.”

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  • Southwest Washington the Oil Industry’s Sacrifice Zone: Community Forum

    [ April 1, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Please join us for a forum discussion on the oil industry’s plan for Southwest Washington. Listen to the people and organizations that are in the middle of this fight! Learn what steps you can take to make sure that Southwest Washington remains safe, clean, and green. Save the date: 4/1 6PM at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Study Links Declining Pacific Lamprey Populations to Toxic Contamination

    A cooperative study by USGS and CRTIFC finds bioaccumulation of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury could be leading to Pacific lamprey decline in the Columbia River Basin.

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  • Tell The Army Corps Not to Rubberstamp The Largest Oil-By Rail Proposal in the US!

    Let the Army Corps and our federal delegation know that that you think the federal government should take a hard look at the impact of shipping explosive, dirty oil through the scenic Columbia Gorge and down the Columbia River from the largest oil-by-rail terminal proposed in the United States.

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  • Longview Rejects Propane Export…Will PDX Follow?

    Haven Energy now joins the growing list of dirty and dangerous fossil fuel export corporations rejected by Northwest communities. On March 10, Longview residents secured a 3-0 vote from the Port of Longview commissioners rejecting a lease with Haven Energy, a Texas-based propane export corporation.

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  • Sign our Thank You Letter to Help Advance Hanford Cleanup

    It’s not every day that you hear the words “Thank You” when referring to cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But recently, Hanford Washington State leaders have taken bold action by holding the federal government accountable for missed cleanup deadlines. Let’s show our leaders how grateful we are for their persistence in ensuring the U.S. Department of Energy fulfills their promise of protecting human health, the environment, and the Columbia River from Hanford’s nuclear legacy. Make your voice count and sign our Thank You letter today!

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  • When you protect water you protect what you love; Animals, kids, our environment – everything.

    We could not have said it better. The fine folks at Aveda are once again raising funds for clean water and Columbia Riverkeeper the whole month of April. They are having a lot of fun doing it too. Why just celebrate Earth Day? How about Earth Month? Visit an Aveda Salon, Experience Center or Institute in Oregon or the Vancouver, WA area and you can treat yourself AND support clean water. See the calendar for more details.

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  • 2015 Volunteer Opportunities with Riverkeeper

    Whether you can give a couple hours a week or a couple hours a year, we need your help! Columbia Riverkeeper works hard to protect and restore the Columbia, and we know you care about clean water. If you are willing to give a little of your time, you can help us to have an even bigger impact. A clean Columbia is priceless. If we each do a little, we will all gain a lot! We have many options for getting involved. Let us know if one of these opportunities works for you.

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