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THIS FRIDAY: MONTH-LONG TESORO-SAVAGE OIL TERMINAL HEARING COMES TO A CLOSE »

July 26th, 2016: Concerned residents will gather at noon to remind Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and state decision makers of the broad community opposition to this project. During the rally, participants will voice concerns about the impacts that the enormous oil terminal would bring.



Revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ban »

July 24th, 2016: Take a moment to tell the City of Portland to revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Policy today. Every voice counts! In November 2015, the Portland City Council passed a historic Fossil Fuel Policy. Today, City staff are working to translate it into law. Unfortunately, the initial draft falls far short of the 2015 Fossil Fuel Resolution, allowing new fossil fuel terminals where the resolution called for a ban.



Vancouver City Council Votes Unanimously to Prohibit Future Oil Projects »

July 18th, 2016: Tonight, the Vancouver City Council voted 7 to 0 to prohibit crude oil storage, handling, and refining facilities in Vancouver’s industrial zones. The vote is a historic step to prevent new proposals like the current Tesoro Savage and NuStar oil terminal proposals, which together would bring almost 140 million barrels of crude oil per year through Northwest communities. A crowd of over 150 turned out to support this step by the City – overflowing the council chambers.



COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER CHALLENGES GRAND COULEE DAM TO END UNCONTROLLED OIL POLLUTION »

June 29th, 2016: Today Columbia Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.



Riverkeeper Challenges Grand Coulee Dam to End Uncontrolled Oil Pollution »

June 29th, 2016: Columbia Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution at Grand Coulee, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia since it was constructed in 1942—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife for 74 years.



First Day of Hearings on Vancouver, WA Oil Terminal Begins with Broad Opposition »

June 27th, 2016: June 27, 2016, marked the first day of hearings for the adjudication process on Tesoro-Savage’s proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Over 200 people rallied outside and packed the hearing in red shirts to show their opposition to oil trains and support requests from tribes, cities, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to deny the terminal.



Riverkeeper Petitions EFSEC to Oversee Review Process for Proposed Methanol Project in Kalama, WA »

June 24th, 2016: Riverkeeper asks EFSEC to take over permitting and review of the proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery. Converting natural gas into methanol for export is a brand new industry in Washington with state-wide energy implications. This proposal deserves the level of state-wide scrutiny and public input that the EFSEC process was designed to provide.



Preliminary Findings Report: Mosier, Oregon; Union Pacific Derailment »

June 23rd, 2016: “The Federal Rail Administration's investigation blamed the oil train derailment in Mosier on Union Pacific's failure to maintain its tracks. Despite its dangerous tracks, Union Pacific claims it will restart oil trains this week. It is time for the FRA to listen to the requests of Senators Wyden and Merkley, Governor Brown, and local electeds, and issue an immediate moratorium on dangerous oil trains through the Columbia River Gorge."



Adjudication updates: Tesoro Savage Oil-by-rail proposed terminal »

June 22nd, 2016: This Monday, June 27, 2016, in Vancouver, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will begin its adjudication process for the huge proposed Tesoro Savage oil train terminal. EFSEC’s month-long, trial-like hearing will begin and end in Vancouver, with different parties presenting detailed evidence about why the Council should approve or deny the project.



Live Stream WA Supreme Court on 6/23 »

June 22nd, 2016: The Court will decide whether the Port of Vancouver illegally approved the lease without reviewing the oil terminal’s impacts. Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) are asking the Court to declare the lease null and void.