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Diverse coalition stands up against proposed Longview coal export facility »

October 24th, 2016: On Oct. 24, 2016 hundreds of residents from across the Pacific Northwest testified today against a proposal to build the largest coal export terminal in North America in Longview, Washington.

Groups Challenge Environmental Review of Kalama Methanol Refinery »

October 20th, 2016: “The Kalama methanol refinery would consume a staggering amount of fracked gas—more than all of Washington’s homes, industrial consumers, and gas-fired power plants. But Port of Kalama’s review ignores significant public health and environmental risks from the refinery. People across the Northwest are digging in their heels to combat climate change. This project flies in the face of that hard work.” -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer, Columbia Riverkeeper.

Stopping Coal in the Pacific NW »

October 4th, 2016: Let’s get this over the finish line. Coal export in the Northwest was a bad idea from day one. Now we’re years into the fight and the smell of victory—not of dirty coal trains—is in the air. You know the drill: please submit your comment today and RSVP to attend the public hearing in Longview, Washington on October 24.

Short-Sighted Federal Review of Proposed Longview Coal Terminal Kicks Off »

October 4th, 2016: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal export terminal Sept. 30, 2016. The Army Corps’ review focuses narrowly on the project’s impacts at the terminal site, ignoring pollution and safety effects from sixteen new trains traveling through Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and dozens of communities along the rail line. Because the Army Corps fails to analyze rail line impacts, they ignore the massive dust loss from open-top coal trains - an average of 500 pounds per car. Unlike an environmental review released earlier this year by Washington state and Cowlitz County, the Corps’ review ignores climate impacts from mining and burning 44 million tons of coal per year. The Longview project would be the largest coal export terminal in North America.

Protecting Columbia, Climate from Factory Farms »

September 26th, 2016: Did you know Oregon’s second largest factory farm would produce more waste—yes, we’re talking about cow poop—than Oregon? Factory farms get a free pass to store waste in massive, open air lagoons, threatening drinking water and local rivers. Learn how you can join Riverkeeper in taking on the factory farm industry to protect clean water and our climate.

EFSEC declines to review Kalama Methanol Refinery »

September 21st, 2016: This summer, we asked Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to review the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama. Our petition explained why the largest proposed methanol refinery in the world deserves a thorough review by the state of Washington. EFSEC denied our request and declined to evaluate the methanol refinery.

Columbia Under the Microscope: 11/10 in Astoria »

September 19th, 2016: Join Riverkeeper and three local scientists for presentations about cutting edge research on pollutants and pharmaceuticals in the Columbia River on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 6:00-7:00 pm, at the Blue Scorcher Bakery located at 1493 Duane Street, in Astoria, OR.

She Who Watches Tour: 10/15 »

September 19th, 2016: Join Riverkeeper and Native American storyteller Ed Edmo for a private tour of the famous She Who Watches (Tsagaglala) petroglyph and other petroglyphs/pictographs near Dallesport, Washington on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 11:00 am. Space is limited, register today.

Salmon Viewing: 10/8 with Kat Brigham »

September 19th, 2016: Join Riverkeeper and Kat Brigham, of the Brigham Fish Market & member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Eagle Creek in Cascade Locks, OR for a fall salmon viewing. Register here.

Columbia Under The Microscope: 10/5 in Portland »

September 19th, 2016: Join Riverkeeper and three local scientists for presentations about cutting edge research on pollutants and pharmaceuticals in the Columbia River on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, from 6:00-7:00 pm, in Portland, OR, Lucky Lab on Hawthorne.