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  • OIL TRAIN BILLS GAIN STEAM: PRESS BRIEFING & HEARING MONDAY, 3/13

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017
    Gorge Leaders, Public Health Advocates, Fishers and Conservationists Join Legislators to Support Oil Train Safety Legislation
    WHAT:     Legislators, elected leaders from the Columbia River Gorge, physicians, and fishers will join conservation groups on Monday to hold a press briefing in support of strong legislation to bolster Oregon’s rules for oil […]

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  • GROUPS HOST PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF SB 197 PRIOR TO HEARING

    A coalition of groups fighting large-scale factory farms in Oregon will host a press conference in support of Oregon Senate Bill (SB) 197 prior to the legislative hearing at the Capitol. SB 197 would require the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule a program for regulating air contaminant emissions from dairy confined animal feeding operations consistent with the recommendations of a 2008 Governor-appointed Task Force on the issue.

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  • Port Punts on Dangerous Crude Oil Terminal Decision, Governor Inslee Still Has Final Call

    Today in a 2-1 vote, the Port of Vancouver Commission allowed its lease for the Tesoro Savage oil terminal to extend for an additional three months, despite growing pressure on the Port to pull the plug on the languishing, unpopular proposal. Tesoro Savage has proposed the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America, capable of shipping 360,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Already, the Cities of Vancouver, Washougal, and Spokane, Columbia River Treaty tribes, ILWU Local 4, Vancouver’s Waterfront Development Project, the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson have called on Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to recommend denial.

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  • Conservation Groups Intervene to Defend Washington State Against Coal Exporter’s Lawsuit

    Columbia Riverkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and Sierra Club took steps today to defend the Washington Department of Natural Resources against a high-profile lawsuit filed by backers of the nation’s largest coal export terminal. On February 2, 2017, Millennium Bulk Logistics and NW Alloys, a subsidiary of Alcoa, sued the Washington Department of Natural Resources after the department denied a key lease needed for Millennium to operate a proposed 44 million ton per year coal export terminal along the Columbia River.

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  • BNSF Required to Clean Up Coal Train Pollution

    BNSF Railway (BNSF) will be forced to pay for the cleanup of Pacific Northwest waterways that were polluted for decades by coal or petroleum coke (“petcoke”) emitted from their open-topped train cars. A finalized consent decree lodged with U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour today brings to a close a Clean Water Act case brought against BNSF by a coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper, Columbia Riverkeeper, Spokane Riverkeeper, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

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  • Public-health Experts Urge Oregon Lawmakers to Reduce Air Pollution From Large-scale Dairy Operations

    More than 25 doctors, epidemiologists and health experts today called on Oregon legislators to support Senate Bill 197 and establish commonsense measures to limit dangerous air pollution from large-scale industrial dairy operations. In a letter sent to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the group cited “strong evidence” that emissions from massive livestock confinement operations can be harmful to public health and the environment.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Footwise Hood River Keen Klean Sale: 3/25-31

    Footwise Hood River will donate $10 from every pair of regular priced Keens to Columbia Riverkeeper from Saturday, March 25 – Friday, March 31, 2017.

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  • NuStar Update: Vancouver Terminates Oil Train Terminal

    The City of Vancouver, Washington, issued a decision effectively terminating NuStar’s oil-by-rail proposal, which would have increased oil train traffic along the Columbia River. In 2015, NuStar challenged the City of Vancouver’s decision to require an environmental impact statement for the proposed 22,000 barrel-per-day oil terminal. The City, with help from hundreds of local residents who supported the City’s concerns about dangerous oil trains, prevailed over NuStar and was granted approval to conduct an environmental impact statement.

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  • Explained: Climate Impacts from the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery

    [ April 18, 2017; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. ] A presentation by Sightline Institute’s Tarika Powell on climate, fracking, and the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in the nearby town of Kalama, Washington, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 7:00-8:30 pm at Central Lutheran Church in Portland, OR.

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  • Holcombe Waller: Climate Requiem

    Signal Fire’s Tinderbox Residency Holcombe Waller to perform the first in a larger body of work that he will continue exhibiting, May 4-6, 2017, at Headwaters Theater, 55 NE Farragut St #9, Portland, OR.

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  • Defend the Columbia: Shop & Talk at Portland Patagonia

    Columbia Riverkeeper is partnering with Patagonia to protect our land, water, and climate from new fossil fuel projects in Oregon and Washington. Join us for two upcoming events to defend the Columbia on May 6 and May 11 in Portland, OR.

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  • April 29: Protect the Columbia from Coal, Oil, and Methanol Export

    Join friends and neighbors on April 29th to show your support for our river, our air, and our community. On this day, hundreds of thousands of people will come together in cities across the nation – including Washington DC – to make it clear that our future will ensure clean air, water and a stable climate for future generations. You don’t have to go to DC to participate, your local community needs you here.

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