Category: Top Stories

Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery And Explosive Oil Trains »

April 15th, 2015: The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail. This would be the first west coast refinery constructed in over 25 years, and the largest new refinery in the continental United States since 1976.

Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission Caves on Dangerous Propane Proposal »

April 8th, 2015: The City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. There's still a chance to stop this project by calling the Portland City Council today! City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment. Share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

Coalition Praises City of Vancouver’s Decision for Full EIS on Proposed NuStar Oil Terminal »

April 6th, 2015: Oil project update: City of Vancouver will require the NuStar Energy proposal to provide a full environmental impact statement (EIS), rather than a short-cut Environmental Assessment (EA). The EIS will allow the public to be more involved in the decision-making process for this project. The NuStar proposal is convert a bulk terminal to oil-by-rail at the Port of Vancouver.

Proposed Coal Export Terminal Can’t Proceed in Absence of Rejected Permit »

March 31st, 2015: The proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal faces the latest in a series of disappointments today. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that project proponent Ambre Energy can receive its water quality certification only if it also receives a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands — a permit that State Lands already rejected in August 2014.

When you protect water you protect what you love; Animals, kids, our environment – everything. »

March 20th, 2015: The fine folks at Aveda are once again raising funds for clean water and Columbia Riverkeeper the whole month of April. They are having a lot of fun doing it too. Why just celebrate Earth Day? How about Earth Month? Visit an Aveda Salon, Experience Center or Institute in Oregon or the Vancouver, WA area and you can treat yourself AND support clean water. This Thursday (4/23 at 6:30pm) the Catwalk for Water event will include three live fashion installations, and more!

Another Blow to Coal Export Proposals in Pacific NW »

March 19th, 2015: "Members of the Oregon Transportation Commission made the right decision today, and Oregonians deserve no less from their public officials,” former OTC chairperson Catherine Mater said. “Oregon families expect the commission to hold public funding proposals to the highest possible standards and that our public funds are invested in the best transportation projects. We are glad that the commission exercised appropriate oversight and resisted strong political pressure to rubber-stamp approval of a bad project."

Southwest Washington the Oil Industry’s Sacrifice Zone: Community Forum »

March 17th, 2015: [ April 1, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Please join us for a forum discussion on the oil industry's plan for Southwest Washington. Listen to the people and organizations that are in the middle of this fight! Learn what steps you can take to make sure that Southwest Washington remains safe, clean, and green. Save the date: 4/1 6PM at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA.

Community-Led State of the Site Meeting in Vancouver: “Hanford, Our River & You” »

March 17th, 2015: “State of the Hanford Site” meetings in Washington State: Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9:30AM to 12:00PM in Vancouver. The meeting will involve both public interest and agency perspectives on the cleanup progress at Hanford. Opportunity to learn about the latest challenges and advances in cleanup at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site. *Free and open to the public.

Blown Cleanup Deadlines at Hanford Prompt Bold Action from Washington State Leaders »

March 9th, 2015: Thank Washington State leaders for holding the federal government accountable for Hanford’s nuclear legacy. Make your voice heard today!

Everyone Deserves Toxic-Free Fish »

February 24th, 2015: Do you know Washington State’s dirty little secret? For decades, polluters in Washington have benefited from some of the nation’s least protective toxic pollution standards. We can change this. Right now the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are asking for public input on new laws that could make it harder—or easier—to discharge cancer-causing toxic pollution to our rivers. Comment today!