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  • OREGON OIL TRAIN BILL FAILS TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES

    Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means passes House Bill 2131 related to oil train emergency response and financial responsibility for oil train derailments, spills and fires. The bill will be scheduled for a floor vote in the House and Senate.

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  • Who is protecting the public from oil-by-rail disasters?

    PGE’s plan to sell old oil storage tanks and other equipment to Global Partners LP—an oil company with a history of environmental violations—is not in the public interest.

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  • City of Portland, Coalition Defend Portland’s Fossil Fuel Stand

    The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard oral arguments today about a challenge to Portland’s landmark fossil fuel ordinance. In 2016, the City of Portland passed the land use ordinance restricting development of new major fossil fuel projects, such as oil-by-rail terminals or coal export terminals. The ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance, who have asked LUBA to overturn the policy. A coalition of groups including Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility intervened to support the City’s case in defending the ordinance.

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  • 6/13 Events in Salem & The Dalles

    “Railroads and oil companies continue pressure to increase dangerous oil train traffic and terminals through our communities and along special places like the Columbia River, said Rebecca Ponzio, Director of the Stand Up to Oil coalition. “We call on the Oregon PUC and the Columbia River Gorge Commission to protect our communities and say no to these projects.”

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  • Washington Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Open Government

    “Today’s decision (6/8/17) is a victory for people who believe in open, accountable government. The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling comes as scandal consumes Washington D.C. and affirms the responsibility of our state and local elected officials to answer to the people — not Big Oil in backroom deals.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director for Columbia Riverkeeper

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  • Another Columbia River Oil Trains Proposal: And a chance for the public to stop it.

    Northwest communities have been knocking down oil train development proposals as fast as they can spring up. Read the latest article on Port Westward by Eric DePlace of Sightline Institute.

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  • OREGON OIL TRAIN BILL FAILS TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES

    Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means passes House Bill 2131 related to oil train emergency response and financial responsibility for oil train derailments, spills and fires. The bill will be scheduled for a floor vote in the House and Senate.

    Read More and Comment »

  • Who is protecting the public from oil-by-rail disasters?

    PGE’s plan to sell old oil storage tanks and other equipment to Global Partners LP—an oil company with a history of environmental violations—is not in the public interest.

    Read More and Comment »

  • Ice cream + fighting fossil fuels = winning combo

    Fossil fuel export update and donate-what-you-can fundraiser for the Portland All Nations Canoe Family to support their participation in the 2017 Canoe Journey on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ice cream social fundraiser with members of the Portland All Nations Canoe Family; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. fossil fuel export update (please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to participate in the Canoe Family’s water blessing ceremony).

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  • Deny Port Westward Rezone

    Riverkeeper is working with farmers and Columbia County, OR, residents to fight a controversial effort to open over 800 acres of high-quality farmland along the Columbia River for industrial development, including methanol and oil-by-rail terminals. We stopped the proposal before. Now we need your help to put this bad idea to bed forever.

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  • Under Attack: Hanford Reach National Monument

    Did you know the Hanford Reach National Monument is under threat from a sweeping and unprecedented Executive Order issued by President Trump? The Order calls for the Secretary of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996. Time is running out—tell Interior to protect the one-of-a-kind Hanford Reach Monument. Learn more

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  • City of Portland, Coalition Defend Portland’s Fossil Fuel Stand

    The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard oral arguments today about a challenge to Portland’s landmark fossil fuel ordinance. In 2016, the City of Portland passed the land use ordinance restricting development of new major fossil fuel projects, such as oil-by-rail terminals or coal export terminals. The ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance, who have asked LUBA to overturn the policy. A coalition of groups including Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility intervened to support the City’s case in defending the ordinance.

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