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How Northwest Methanol Is Likely Intended for China’s Gas Tanks »

February 15th, 2018: The proposed giant methanol project in Kalama, Washington, would be a resource hog of the highest order, with a climate impact to match. Read more from Sightline Institute.

Methanol refinery to become Washington’s top contributor to climate change by 2025 »

February 6th, 2018: A new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute on a controversial fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Washington state confirms McKibben’s assertion: the Kalama methanol refinery will not help us achieve a low-carbon future or meet the goals in the Paris Climate Accords. According to the report, approving the Kalama methanol refinery “would not appear to be consistent with globally agreed climate goals of keeping warming at less than 2 degrees Celsius.”

Act now! Comment Period: Fight Fracked Gas, Protect the Columbia today. »

January 31st, 2018: Critical public comment period to convince Governor Inslee, and state and local officials, to stop the Kalama methanol refinery and the Kalama Lateral pipeline. The refinery would use more natural gas than all other industry in Washington combined. If we stop this project, we can protect our climate and river communities from decades of fracked gas pollution.


January 29th, 2018: Washington Governor Jay Inslee today rejected the largest oil shipping terminal proposed in North America as not in the best interests of the state and its people. The Tesoro Savage project (also known as Vancouver Energy) sought to ship over 131 million barrels of oil per year down the Columbia River.

100 Gallon Spill at Lower Monument Dam »

January 10th, 2018: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported a 100 gallon oil spill at the Lower Monumental Dam. According to the Corps, approximately 100 gallons of turbine oil spilled into the Snake River during a three-week period from December 14, 2017, to January 4, 2018. The Army Corps reported the spill to Columbia Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization, pursuant to a 2014 court settlement over uncontrolled oil spills from Columbia and Snake River dams.

Lease for Controversial Oil Train Terminal Will Expire March 31, 2018 »

January 9th, 2018: In January, the Port of Vancouver Commission took a major step towards ending the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal proposal. Thanks to your support, the oil terminal lease will end March 31, 2018.

City of Portland, Coalition Succeed in Defending Portland’s Landmark Fossil Fuel Policy »

January 4th, 2018: “The Court’s decision confirms the City’s ability to stand up for the health, safety, and environment of its residents by restricting dangerous developments such as new oil train terminals” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

EFSEC Issues Final Reports Unanimously Rejecting Oil Terminal »

December 20th, 2017: EFSEC issued its formal written report and recommendation to Governor Inslee on the Tesoro-Savage oil shipping terminal application. In their recommendation, the Council unanimously recommended denial of the oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington for multiple reasons. If built, Tesoro-Savage would bring in 360,000 barrels of crude oil in five fully loaded oil trains every day.

Conservation Groups Challenge New Rules That Cut Oregonians Out of Energy Siting Decisions »

December 6th, 2017: “Oregonians are increasingly engaging in the effort to clean up our energy system, but EFSC’s new rules for site certificate amendments will frustrate this public involvement. With few exceptions, the rules favor developers of new energy projects by allowing new power plants and pipelines to be permitted as ‘amendments’ and by curtailing public review opportunities.” - Dan Serres, conservation director of Columbia Riverkeeper


November 28th, 2017: Today the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington. The final decision falls to Governor Jay Inslee, and community leaders from around the region are calling on Governor Inslee to deny the proposal swiftly, ending a four-year saga over the massive, 360,000-barrel-per day oil train terminal. A final written recommendation will be issued on December 19th.