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March 13th, 2017: 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 [...]


March 9th, 2017: 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.

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

March 7th, 2017: 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.

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

March 7th, 2017: 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.

BNSF Required to Clean Up Coal Train Pollution »

March 6th, 2017: 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.

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

March 1st, 2017: 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.

Groups Call on Ecology to Protect the Columbia River »

February 27th, 2017: Local and national groups are calling on the Washington Department of Ecology to protect the Columbia River and our climate by overturning Cowlitz County’s approval of the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. The groups urge Ecology to consider the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the world’s largest methanol refinery. Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity expect to appeal if Ecology ignores critical concerns like climate change.


February 23rd, 2017: If Scott Pruitt won’t take action to protect our iconic salmon from climate change, we will go to court. Today, we filed the nation’s first lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Message Sent! »

February 7th, 2017: Carty Generating Station Comment Period wrapped on Friday, Feb. 3, 2016, with over 7,000 comments. Oregonians broke the record for the most comments ever submitted to the Energy Facility Siting Council - all in opposition to PGE’s plan to replace the retiring coal plant at Boardman with two new methane gas plants. Portland General Electric (PGE) proposes deepening the region’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Groups to Defend Portland’s Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack »

January 25th, 2017: Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.