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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • 100 Gallon Spill at Lower Monument Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported a 100 gallon oil spill at the Lower Monumental Dam. According to the Corps, approximately 100 gallons of turbine oil spilled into the Snake River during a three-week period from December 14, 2017, to January 4, 2018. The Army Corps reported the spill to Columbia Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization, pursuant to a 2014 court settlement over uncontrolled oil spills from Columbia and Snake River dams.

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  • Lease for Controversial Oil Train Terminal Will Expire March 31, 2018

    Today the Port of Vancouver Commission voted unanimously to end the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal proposal in Vancouver, Washington. Port of Vancouver Commissioner President Eric LaBrant issued the motion to exercise a clause which cancels the lease for the terminal effective March 31, 2018. The Commission took the vote in front of an overflow crowd, with many audience members testifying in support of the Port’s decision to terminate the largest oil-by-rail terminal proposal in North America.

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  • City of Portland, Coalition Succeed in Defending Portland’s Landmark Fossil Fuel Policy

    “The Court’s decision confirms the City’s ability to stand up for the health, safety, and environment of its residents by restricting dangerous developments such as new oil train terminals” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

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  • EFSEC Issues Final Reports Unanimously Rejecting Oil Terminal

    EFSEC issued its formal written report and recommendation to Governor Inslee on the Tesoro-Savage oil shipping terminal application. In their recommendation, the Council unanimously recommended denial of the oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington for multiple reasons. If built, Tesoro-Savage would bring in 360,000 barrels of crude oil in five fully loaded oil trains every day.

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  • Conservation Groups Challenge New Rules That Cut Oregonians Out of Energy Siting Decisions

    “Oregonians are increasingly engaging in the effort to clean up our energy system, but EFSC’s new rules for site certificate amendments will frustrate this public involvement. With few exceptions, the rules favor developers of new energy projects by allowing new power plants and pipelines to be permitted as ‘amendments’ and by curtailing public review opportunities.” – Dan Serres, conservation director of Columbia Riverkeeper

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  • EFSEC UNANIMOUSLY REJECTS OIL TERMINAL: GOVERNOR INSLEE HAS FINAL CALL

    Today the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington. The final decision falls to Governor Jay Inslee, and community leaders from around the region are calling on Governor Inslee to deny the proposal swiftly, ending a four-year saga over the massive, 360,000-barrel-per day oil train terminal. A final written recommendation will be issued on December 19th.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Oregon Hanford Expert Retires

    For decades, Oregon relied on Dirk Dunning to tackle the most complicated problems at North America’s most contaminated place, the Hanford Nuclear Site. Dirk spent his career protecting the Columbia River from contamination left behind by America’s nuclear weapons program as a chemical engineer with the Oregon Department of Energy. I asked Dirk about the highlights, lowlights, and lingering problems with Hanford cleanup. The following is an excerpt of our conversation.

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  • EFSEC Issues Final Reports Unanimously Rejecting Oil Terminal

    EFSEC issued its formal written report and recommendation to Governor Inslee on the Tesoro-Savage oil shipping terminal application. In their recommendation, the Council unanimously recommended denial of the oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington for multiple reasons. If built, Tesoro-Savage would bring in 360,000 barrels of crude oil in five fully loaded oil trains every day.

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  • Join Us to Support New Vancouver Port Commissioner Don Orange!

    [ December 28, 2017; January 9, 2018; ] Thank you for keeping up the pressure on the Port of Vancouver to terminate its lease for the Tesoro Savage project. Your activism through the years has brought us to the brink of victory in 2018. Let’s be there to support the Port Commission in taking the Port of Vancouver in a new direction. Upcoming meetings: 12/28/17 & 1/9/18.

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  • EFSEC Recommendation Watch Day

    [ December 19, 2017; 1:30 pm; ] EFSEC will meet on December 19th to discuss the details of that recommendation. Join us at the Vancouver Community Library to watch their meeting, eat lots of pizza, and celebrate!

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  • How Could We Fight Big Coal?

    “I remember vividly the phone call seven years ago. A tip about plans to build a Columbia River shipping terminal to export coal to China. Big money, big players, big problem. I hung up and banged my head on my desk. And left it there. How could we fight big coal?” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director

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  • Author and Forager Langdon Cook’s Newest Book

    Langdon Cook, Seattle-based author and forager, shares what inspired his latest book, “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table.” It provides an in-depth and timely look at salmon—one of the last wild foods on our table.

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