Category: Top Stories

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.


November 14th, 2017: “This decision marks the fourth time that Millennium’s coal export proposal failed to meet local and state laws. Millennium faces insurmountable hurdles, and the company should end their coal export aspirations today.” - Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Co-Director of the Power Past Coal Coalition

Washington State Delivers Third Strike to Coal Export Terminal »

October 25th, 2017: The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rejected a key state approval for Millennium’s proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. In its decision, DNR cited Millennium’s failure to obtain multiple permits, inconsistencies in their site plans, missing critical information, and the overall best interest of the state as reasons for the denial. Because DNR manages state-owned aquatic lands, including the Columbia River, Millennium needs DNR’s approval to build new docks and dredge the river to make room for massive coal ships.

Totem Pole Journey Comes to Vancouver 10/16 »

October 13th, 2017: Lummi Nation to bring totem pole to Vancouver Monday, October 16, 2017, to display Tribal resistance to the Tesoro oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export proposal in Longview, and the methanol refinery proposed by Northwest Innovation Works in Kalama.

Groups Challenge State of Oregon’s Water Pollution Permit for Hundreds of Industrial Sites »

September 28th, 2017: “Everyone deserves to eat locally-caught fish without fear of toxic pollution. DEQ missed a huge opportunity to keep thousands of pounds of toxic pollution out of our of rivers. Lax pollution limits violate the law and the agency’s commitment to protect public health and imperiled salmon.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper

State Denies Key Water Quality Permit for Longview Coal Project »

September 26th, 2017: The Washington Department of Ecology denied a necessary water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview today, citing the project’s negative impacts on climate, clean air and water. Absent a successful legal challenge to the decision, the denial renders the project formally dead.

Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Permit Invalid »

September 18th, 2017: Today (9/18/2017), we received a victory in our challenge on the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board (Board) ruled that the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County violated the law by failing to disclose and evaluate greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s largest methanol refinery, proposed on the banks of the Columbia River. As a result, permits previously issued for the project are invalid.

Radio Tierra Show Launch Party 9/19 at Lake Taco »

September 14th, 2017: We are launching a new show on Radio Tierra called "Conoce Tu Columbia // Know Your Columbia." Join us for the launch party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Lake Taco in Hood River. The show is produced by Columbia Riverkeeper's Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández.

Fundraiser: Dinner Theater 10/19 »

September 8th, 2017: Join us for an unforgettable evening October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm. Proceeds to fight fossil fuel export terminal proposals that threaten the Columbia River. Artist Holcombe Waller Performs Notes from the Riverkeeper, Music and Spoken Word Journey about the Columbia River.