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Protect Columbia County Farms »

July 18th, 2017: Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.

Social Justice Documentary, Promised Land, Screens in Portland »

July 3rd, 2017: Social justice documentary, Promised Land, screening Monday, July 24, 2017; 6:30-8:30 pm; Riversgate Church, in Portland, OR. Film follows two Native American nations in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. Suggested Donation $5 (proceeds benefit the Chinook Nation).


June 28th, 2017: 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.

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

June 21st, 2017: 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.

Ice cream + fighting fossil fuels = winning combo »

June 21st, 2017: 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).

Protect Columbia County Farms »

June 20th, 2017: 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.

Under Attack: Hanford Reach National Monument »

June 19th, 2017: 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

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

June 15th, 2017: 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.

Where are our climate champions on methanol? »

June 13th, 2017: Last week, Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) abandoned their duty to protect the Columbia River, and Washington’s climate, from methanol refining and export. Governor Inslee has said that we are the last generation that can do anything about climate change. Governor: The time for talk is over. As the Trump administration abandons and undercuts efforts to combat climate change, we look to Washington state for action. Massive fossil fuel projects like the Kalama methanol refinery undercut Washington’s commitments on climate change.

6/13 Events in Salem & The Dalles »

June 12th, 2017: “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.”