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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Refinery Details Emerge: Port of Longview May Vote Soon

    The prospect of a refinery has Longview school teacher Krista Mead worried for the kids in her classroom. “I’ve lived near an oil refinery,” said Mead. “The fumes, noise and health impacts aren’t worth it. The toxic fumes from the refinery often prevented people from being outside. I don’t want to see Longview’s children impacted like that.”

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  • No LNG, No Pipelines: “Rally to Protect Our Home!”

    Six hundred Oregonians including farmers, ranchers, business owners, and conservationists gathered on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Capitol steps in Salem, Oregon, for a rally to oppose liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports throughout Oregon with speeches from tribal leaders, impacted landowners, and a keynote speech from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance President. See the photos here!

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  • PDX Mayor Told Pembina to Pull Permit Applications for Controversial Propane Export Terminal Proposed at Port

    Columbia Riverkeeper’s Executive Director, Brett VandenHeuvel, stated: “This is a great day for the people of Portland and the Columbia River. Mayor Hales listened to and respected the overwhelming public testimony against Pembina, including concerns over public safety, climate, and our environment. Portlanders should be proud of standing up to dirty fossil fuels, and winning. Mayor Hales and the City of Portland showed strong leadership today.”

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  • State Appeals Board Agrees with Clatsop County’s Decision that an LNG Pipeline Would Threaten Public Safety, Harm Salmon

    State appeals board agreed with Clatsop County’s decision that a liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline would threaten public safety and improperly harm protected rivers and farmland. Today the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruled in favor of Clatsop County, upholding the County’s decision to deny a key permit for the Oregon LNG pipeline. Without the critical land use permit, the proposed LNG pipeline cannot be built, as state law prohibits the LNG company from securing state environmental permits or certifications without county land use permits.

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  • 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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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • LNG Public Workshop 6/18 in Warrenton

    [ June 18, 2015; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Find out more about Oregon LNG at a free public information workshop on Thursday, June 18, from 6-8 pm at the Warrenton Community Center, 170 SW 3rd Street.

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Linda McLain – Vancouver, WA

    Linda McLain is a one woman powerhouse. A CPA based in Vancouver, Washington, Linda helps ensure the integrity of Riverkeeper’s finances as Board Treasurer. For this alone, we are indebted. But Linda’s volunteer work extends far beyond reviewing detailed spreadsheets; she is in the trenches, fighting the oil-by-rail terminals threatening Vancouver. She goes above and beyond, even stopping by Riverkeeper’s offices with freshly baked blueberry scones. In April, Linda spearheaded a forum about the threat of oil trains with over 350 people packing the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver. This May, she was a great resource helping us with our 15th Anniversary Party at the Brickstone Ballroom in Vancouver, headlined by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Thank you Linda for all your hard work!

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  • Attention Hanford Citizen Scientists

    Interested in viewing the current waste tank conditions on the Hanford nuclear site? Want to know more about the contaminated groundwater plumes? The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released PHOENIX, an interactive Hanford cleanup mapping tool. This application allows users to access real-time waste tank data and , view the latest published information about groundwater and soil contamination.

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  • New! Join Riverkeeper in using iNaturalist app to track native and invasive species

    Riverkeeper is excited to introduce iNaturalist as our new method for logging and sharing plant and animal observations along the Columbia River. Adopt-a-River volunteers and other interested community members are encouraged to take pictures, log observations, and share them with our online community to help us to track and monitor the native and non-native species that call the Columbia home. iNaturalist is a great tool for sharing data, getting help with identifications, and connecting with a vibrant online community. Think of it as the Facebook for nature nerds!

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  • Lummi Leader Explains the Stakes for Coal Export Struggle: “If We Lose, You’re Lost.”

    The fight to protect sacred Lummi lands, the Salish Sea and the Pacific Northwest from coal and oil development took another step forward last week, with nine tribes standing together with the Lummi Nation to oppose the Gateway Pacific coal export proposal at Cherry Point in Washington. On June 27 in Portland, you can help to raise awareness of the threats that oil and coal projects pose to the Lummi Nation and other tribes by participating in an event at the Portland Convention Center.

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  • From Every Corner of Oregon, Hundreds Join RFK Jr. in Rally to Protect Homes from LNG

    On the steps of Oregon’s Capitol, Oregon and Washington community leaders joined with Waterkeeper President Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to send a powerful message of opposition to proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals and pipelines. Over 600 people rallied to call on Oregon Governor Kate Brown to take a leadership role in stopping LNG exports in Oregon.

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