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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Message Sent!

    Carty Generating Station Comment Period wrapped on Friday, Feb. 3, 2016, with over 7,000 comments. Oregonians broke the record for the most comments ever submitted to the Energy Facility Siting Council – all in opposition to PGE’s plan to replace the retiring coal plant at Boardman with two new methane gas plants. Portland General Electric (PGE) proposes deepening the region’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

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  • Groups to Defend Portland’s Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

    Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.

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  • DIVERSE GROUPS STAND UP AGAINST KALAMA METHANOL REFINERY

    “The proposed methanol refinery would negatively impact the shorelines of the Columbia River and surrounding communities. Residents from across the region came together to show their opposition at the hearing. A foreign-government controlled chemical refinery is a bad fit for the Columbia River and Kalama.” -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper

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  • Defending Columbia River Communities from Union Pacific Railroad Expansion

    “Columbia River communities are under siege from massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threaten our water and safety. Union Pacific’s track expansion is part of the effort to turn the Columbia River into a fossil fuel highway,” said Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper. “We look forward to defending Columbia River communities from Union Pacific’s highly unpopular project.”

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  • Grand Coulee Dam Settlement

    Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

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  • Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections

    “Columbia River communities are still reeling from the fiery oil train derailment on Union Pacific’s tracks. Union Pacific’s profit-driven lawsuit won’t bully Gorge communities. Even the nation’s biggest railroad must submit to federal laws and treaties with Indian Nations,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • “No Methanol!” Rally in Olympia

    This morning Kalama, Washington residents delivered a letter to the Washington State Investment Board re: voicing their concerns regarding potential investments in methanol. More info on what you can do to help…

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  • Support the Mosier Acts

    Attention Oregonians: Time to reach out to your Senator & Representative & show your support for legislation in Oregon to address dangerous oil trains with House Bill 2131 and Senate Bill 7.

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  • Oregon’s Dirty Air Pollution Loophole

    Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), also known as factory farms, emit large amounts of air pollution, including methane, ammonia, nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. Yet Oregon has no air pollution control program to monitor and reduce factory farm pollution. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long acknowledged the problem of factory farm air pollution, EPA fails to regulate the industry. In the face of federal inaction, states including Minnesota, California, and Idaho have adopted laws to reduce air pollution from factory farms. To date, Oregon has not adopted regulations to control air pollution from factory farms.

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  • Kalama Methanol Air Pollution Permit Updates:

    The first comment period for the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) review of the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington wrapped on Feb. 6, 2017, with SWCAA receiving an emphatic earful – almost 2,000 comments – in opposition to draft air pollution permit for the Kalama methanol refinery. Review our technical comments here.

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  • Message Sent!

    Carty Generating Station Comment Period wrapped on Friday, Feb. 3, 2016, with over 7,000 comments. Oregonians broke the record for the most comments ever submitted to the Energy Facility Siting Council – all in opposition to PGE’s plan to replace the retiring coal plant at Boardman with two new methane gas plants. Portland General Electric (PGE) proposes deepening the region’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

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  • Comment on Last-Minute Changes to the Kalama Methanol Refinery Proposal

    At last week’s Shoreline permit hearing, the county’s Hearings Examiner (permit decision-maker) encouraged the Port and Northwest Innovation Works to propose additional mitigation and to re-design their proposed methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama to avoid shoreline areas on the Columbia River.

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