Category: Top Stories

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."

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!

Columbia River Ship Traffic: Impact of Coal and Oil Plans »

February 19th, 2015: Sightline Institute report shows proposed coal and oil shipping terminals could TRIPLE major vessel traffic on the Columbia River, increasing the risk of collisions and spills.

Oil Train Derails, Explodes, and Spill into West Virginia’s Kanawha River: Stop the Madness »

February 16th, 2015: An oil train derailed, exploded, and spilled crude oil into the Kanawha River in West Virginia. According to Reuters, two nearby towns - Boomer Bottom and Adena Village - are being evacuated. At least one home was reportedly destroyed in the fire, and oil was burning on the Kanawha River this afternoon. Downstream water agencies have been ordered to shut off their intake valves, and local residents are being asked to conserve water for essential uses only.

Science Shows Vital Fish Habitat Threatened by Proposed Oregon LNG Terminal »

February 5th, 2015: “Putting a massive LNG terminal in the heart of the lower Columbia’s most popular commercial and recreational fishery undermines decades of work to protect fishing opportunities in the lower Columbia River,” said Bob Rees, Columbia River fishing guide and Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. “On top of this, our region has invested billions of dollars in restoring salmon habitat. And a lot of this money is focused in the Columbia River Estuary near Oregon LNG’s project. The contradictions beg for bold action from regulators to protect the Pacific Northwest’s fishing heritage.”

Propane in Portland: Putting our Environment, Communities and Jobs at Risk »

January 30th, 2015: The propane Pembina proposes to export from the Port of Portland would arrive in mile-long pressurized unit trains as liquefied propane gas (LPG). From the trains, the LPG would be stored in massive storage tanks (up to 33 million gallons) that are refrigerated to -44 degrees Fahrenheit. From there, the LPG would be transferred by pipeline across an area currently protected from this type of industrial activity onto massive ships. Because piping LPG through an Environmental Conservation Zone is prohibited, Pembina is currently seeking an amendment to Portland’s Conservation Habitat zoning from Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission – a change the Commission can reject.

Coal export investigation: Internal emails reveal why Corps took shortcut »

January 14th, 2015: Columbia Riverkeeper is releasing key documents that show that political pressure, not science, controlled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s decision making for the controversial Morrow Pacific coal export terminal in Oregon. The documents provide a rare and unsettling look at how Corps’ decisions are made.

Attend LNG Meetings! »

January 8th, 2015: Oregon LNG proposes destroying over 130 acres of high-quality endangered salmon habitat in Youngs Bay, located in the Columbia River Estuary near Astoria. Join us and tell DEQ and the Corps to deny these permits at upcoming public meetings, also submit comments today!