Category: Top Stories

Refinery Details Emerge: Port of Longview May Vote Soon »

May 25th, 2015: The prospect of a refinery has Longview school teacher Krista Mead worried for the kids in her classroom. “I've lived near an oil refinery,” said Mead. “The fumes, noise and health impacts aren't worth it. The toxic fumes from the refinery often prevented people from being outside. I don't want to see Longview's children impacted like that.”

No LNG, No Pipelines: “Rally to Protect Our Home!” »

May 14th, 2015: Hundreds of Oregonians including farmers, ranchers, business owners, and conservationists will gather on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 12:00 pm at the Capitol steps in Salem, Oregon, for a rally to oppose liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports throughout Oregon. The rally will include speeches from tribal leaders, impacted landowners, and a keynote speech from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance President.

PDX Mayor Told Pembina to Pull Permit Applications for Controversial Propane Export Terminal Proposed at Port »

May 7th, 2015: Columbia Riverkeeper’s Executive Director, Brett VandenHeuvel, stated: “This is a great day for the people of Portland and the Columbia River. Mayor Hales listened to and respected the overwhelming public testimony against Pembina, including concerns over public safety, climate, and our environment. Portlanders should be proud of standing up to dirty fossil fuels, and winning. Mayor Hales and the City of Portland showed strong leadership today.”

State Appeals Board Agrees with Clatsop County’s Decision that an LNG Pipeline Would Threaten Public Safety, Harm Salmon »

April 29th, 2015: State appeals board agreed with Clatsop County’s decision that a liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline would threaten public safety and improperly harm protected rivers and farmland. Today the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruled in favor of Clatsop County, upholding the County’s decision to deny a key permit for the Oregon LNG pipeline. Without the critical land use permit, the proposed LNG pipeline cannot be built, as state law prohibits the LNG company from securing state environmental permits or certifications without county land use permits.

Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery And Explosive Oil Trains »

April 15th, 2015: The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail. This would be the first west coast refinery constructed in over 25 years, and the largest new refinery in the continental United States since 1976.

Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission Caves on Dangerous Propane Proposal »

April 8th, 2015: The City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. There's still a chance to stop this project by calling the Portland City Council today! City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment. Share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

Coalition Praises City of Vancouver’s Decision for Full EIS on Proposed NuStar Oil Terminal »

April 6th, 2015: Oil project update: City of Vancouver will require the NuStar Energy proposal to provide a full environmental impact statement (EIS), rather than a short-cut Environmental Assessment (EA). The EIS will allow the public to be more involved in the decision-making process for this project. The NuStar proposal is convert a bulk terminal to oil-by-rail at the Port of Vancouver.

Proposed Coal Export Terminal Can’t Proceed in Absence of Rejected Permit »

March 31st, 2015: The proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal faces the latest in a series of disappointments today. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that project proponent Ambre Energy can receive its water quality certification only if it also receives a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands — a permit that State Lands already rejected in August 2014.

When you protect water you protect what you love; Animals, kids, our environment – everything. »

March 20th, 2015: The fine folks at Aveda are once again raising funds for clean water and Columbia Riverkeeper the whole month of April. They are having a lot of fun doing it too. Why just celebrate Earth Day? How about Earth Month? Visit an Aveda Salon, Experience Center or Institute in Oregon or the Vancouver, WA area and you can treat yourself AND support clean water. This Thursday (4/23 at 6:30pm) the Catwalk for Water event will include three live fashion installations, and more!

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."