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Revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ban »

July 24th, 2016: Take a moment to tell the City of Portland to revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Policy today. Every voice counts! In November 2015, the Portland City Council passed a historic Fossil Fuel Policy. Today, City staff are working to translate it into law. Unfortunately, the initial draft falls far short of the 2015 Fossil Fuel Resolution, allowing new fossil fuel terminals where the resolution called for a ban.

Riverkeeper Produces Methanol White Paper: »

July 13th, 2016: Check out our newest white paper, “Methanol Refining and Export on the Columbia: What You Need to Know,” which provides information on the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama Washington, what's at stake, environmental impacts, and more. Read it online today.

GO Green Drinks: Mosier Rising »

July 5th, 2016: [ July 19, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] GO Green Drinks: Mosier Rising 7/19 6pm in Mosier, Oregon at the Dwelling Station

City of Vancouver Public Meeting on Prohibiting Oil Terminals »

June 30th, 2016: [ July 18, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] On July 18, we will gather near City Hall in Esther Short Park at 6pm and march through the area to the Council’s hearing at 7pm. Once at the hearing, the City Council will take public testimony about the proposed changes to Vancouver’s industrial code and will likely vote on the crude oil terminal prohibition. By speaking up, we can show the City of Vancouver that the community supports their ban on crude oil terminals.

Portland Remembers the Victims of the Lac Megantic Oil Train Disaster »

June 30th, 2016: [ July 6, 2016; 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. ] People of Portland, Vancouver, and neighboring communities will come together to remember the 47 victims lost in the tragic explosions of Summer 2013 when an oil train derailed in a small Canadian town: July 6th is the third anniversary of the oil train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. To honor the lives of the 47 people, we present a program from our community.

2016 Picks: Columbia River Beaches »

June 30th, 2016: 2016 Beach Beaches: The long sunny days of summer make our staff think about where we're going to spend our weekends exploring and staying cool. Here are some of our favorite Columbia River Beaches; we'll try to add on our top picks as the summer continues. Please share your favorite Columbia River beaches with us, too!

Record-Breaking Opposition to Coal »

June 30th, 2016: Two hundred sixty two thousand eight hundred and seventy six. What’s that number mean? 262,876 is the Power Past Coal record-breaking number of comments submitting by people who oppose the coal export in Longview, Washington. Watch a video from the hearing and get the scoop on some of the most powerful expert comments submitted.

Case Closed: After Mosier, Washington should reject Tesoro oil terminal in Vancouver »

June 29th, 2016: After the derailment in Mosier, a powerful array of agencies, tribes, cities, and other parties is urging the State of Washington to deny the proposed Tesoro Savage oil train terminal in Vancouver.

Riverkeeper seeks state-wide review of Kalama Methanol Refinery and Export Terminal »

June 29th, 2016: On June 23, Riverkeeper petitioned the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to take responsibility for permitting and reviewing the proposed methanol refinery and export terminal in Kalama, Washington. Converting natural gas into methanol for export is a brand new industry in Washington, with state-wide energy implications. The proposed methanol refinery deserves the level of state-wide scrutiny and public input that EFSEC provides.


June 29th, 2016: Today Columbia Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.