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Here’s One way that We Can Do Better »

January 28th, 2016: Your Comments Are Needed – Former Reynolds Metals Property Cleanup Action Plan Washington State Department of Ecology’s final decisions on the former Reynolds Metals (currently Millennium Bulk Terminals) property on SR432/Industrial Way can be greatly influenced by your comments on the Draft Cleanup Action Plan of the former Reynolds Metals property. We need a robust cleanup. [...]



Save the Date: FisherPoets Gathering 2016 »

January 28th, 2016: [ February 26, 2016 to February 28, 2016. ] Come join us at FisherPoets Gathering (Friday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016) for an amazing and inspiring weekend in Astoria. We’re hosting three fun & informative events: Protecting the Columbia from Fossil Fuel Export Workshop on Saturday morning, Columbia Riverkeeper Gathering at KALA on Saturday afternoon, and a hike on Sunday morning at the proposed LNG site.



January Member spotlight: John and Margaret Green »

January 28th, 2016: Defending the Columbia River from irresponsible development and illegal pollution depends on a strong network of citizen advocates. For 10 years, John and Margaret Green have been outstanding partners with Columbia Riverkeeper on campaigns to keep LNG and coal export off the Columbia, stop illegal dumping, and prevent an oil refinery and a propane export terminal from calling Longview home. The Greens served on the board of Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community—a successful citizen group taking on the most difficult environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve served on the board of the Willapa Hills Audubon Society and provided critical public oversight to various councils and commissions throughout Cowlitz County. Many victories for clean water on the Columbia River can be tied to the Greens' commitment to the environment and Columbia Riverkeeper. Thank you John and Margaret Green!



Thank you, 2016 here we come! »

January 28th, 2016: You helped us reach our $150,000 year-end match. In 2016, we can stop the nation’s largest fossil fuel terminals from being built. We are ready to win this fight, and together we can!



Riverkeeper attends the Wild & Scenic Film Festival »

January 28th, 2016: This month, Hanford Coordinator Abigail Cermak and Senior Organizer Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky attended the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California. Abigail and Jasmine advocated for Hanford cleanup and promoted Riverkeeper’s film "Hanford: A Race Against Time." Abigail also shares her favorite films for you.



What’s Next with North America’s Largest Proposed Oil-By-Rail Terminal? »

January 27th, 2016: This month, Governor Jay Inslee and Washington’s Energy Council heard an unprecedented uproar of opposition to Tesoro Savage's oil terminal proposal in Vancouver. Here is what is proposed and a summary of the outpouring of opposition...



Waterside Oil Refinery: Big on Risk, Low on Benefits »

January 27th, 2016: Riverkeeper uncovered new information about the people behind Waterside Energy, the group proposing an oil refinery and dangerous propane export terminal in Longview. Records show that Waterside Energy’s backers abandoned a bio-diesel refinery almost overnight in Odessa, WA—leaving behind unpaid debts and a warehouse full of leaking and improperly stored chemicals for EPA to clean up.



Human Health and Columbia River at Risk According to Expert Reports On Tesoro’s Vancouver, WA, Crude-By-Rail Terminal »

January 22nd, 2016: Five experts released reports today that explain how the nation’s largest crude-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington, could jeopardize public health and the Columbia River’s endangered salmon runs.



Record-breaking number of comments pours in against proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal »

January 22nd, 2016: Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) in the first weeks of 2016.



Resources: Expert Reports on Tesoro’s Crude-By-Rail Proposal »

January 22nd, 2016: Expert Report on Air Quality. Ranajit Sahu, Ph.D (January 14, 2016). Expert Report on Oil Spill Risk. Susan Harvey, Harvey Consulting LLC (January 18, 2016). Expert Report on Earthquake Risk. Joseph Wartman, Ph.D (January 19, 2016).  Expert Report on Oil Train Safety. Fred Millar, Ph.D (January 15, 2016). Expert Report on Air Toxics. Elinor Fanning, Ph.D (January 19, 2016).