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Grand Coulee Dam Settlement »

January 19th, 2017: Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, 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.



Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections »

January 12th, 2017: “Columbia River communities are still reeling from the fiery oil train derailment on Union Pacific’s tracks. Union Pacific’s profit-driven lawsuit won’t bully Gorge communities. Even the nation’s biggest railroad must submit to federal laws and treaties with Indian Nations,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper.



Oil Train Legislation »

January 11th, 2017: We are heartened to see Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney take up the critical public safety issue of dangerous oil trains in Oregon. On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, spilling oil that burned and polluted the Columbia River. The Mosier derailment could easily have destroyed the town and injured or killed people. Oregon is overdue to take every measure possible to protect our vulnerable towns, rivers, and fishing sites near oil trains.



Breaking News on Coal Exports »

January 3rd, 2017: “Commissioner Goldmark listened to the public and gave a firm ‘no’ to the largest coal terminal in the country. Millennium started off misleading the public about the intended size of the coal terminal and later ignored Washington state’s request for critical information on their finances. Millennium failed to show they can protect public resources--the Columbia River. We ring in the new year with a major victory for the public, and showing that, once again the Northwest holds the line on dirty fossil fuels.”



Community Groups Agree: Oregon Needs Clean Energy, Not Fossil Fuels »

December 16th, 2016: "Oregon is working diligently to reduce its reliance on highly polluting fuels like fracked natural gas. This proposal takes Oregon in the wrong direction, undercutting the region's effort to establish the cleanest energy system we can. While the federal government seems unlikely to take action on carbon pollution, Oregon needs to do better than committing to decades of fossil fuel power that harms our climate and stresses our natural systems." -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper



Election Results for Columbia Riverkeeper Board »

December 14th, 2016: Linda McLain is the newly-elected President of Columbia Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors. McLain is a Vancouver resident and is an owner of Currie & McLain Certified Public Accountants.



Portland Makes History with New Protections from Fossil Fuels »

December 14th, 2016: "At a time when people around the world are grappling with how to protect clean water and accelerate a transition away from fossil fuels, Portland is setting a globally significant example and using this geographic and economic opportunity to make a bold statement. " -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia Riverkeeper



Union Pacific has appealed Wasco County’s denial of its rail expansion proposal near Mosier, OR »

December 13th, 2016: “Last summer the image of an exploding oil train along the Columbia River burned into our collective memory. While Union Pacific was in a board room sketching out plans to increase profits, communities up and down the Columbia River were standing up to oil-by-rail and coal export. It was wise for Wasco County to deny Union Pacific’s plans for more unsafe oil trains.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper



EPA: Federal Review of Longview Coal Export Terminal “Inadequate” »

December 2nd, 2016: "EPA found the Army Corps' review was 'Inadequate' — the lowest ranking possible. The Army Corps flat out ignored recommendations from Tribes, cities, environmental groups, and the EPA to fix their incomplete scope of impacts associated with what would be the largest coal export terminal in North America. Air quality, noise impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, rail congestion and safety are just a few of the areas where EPA calls out the Army Corps’ failures. This should serve as a wake up call to the Corps." -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director



Federal Agencies Seek Gorge Community Input on Wild Salmon Restoration Plan »

December 1st, 2016: “Salmon are a part of the Pacific Northwest way of life, but they are on the brink of extinction. In 2015 hot water killed 99% of the Snake River sockeye run and temperatures will continue to rise in the face of climate change. One of the most effective steps to protecting wild salmon from the impacts of a warming climate is restoring a free-flowing Snake River,” said Lorri Epstein, Water Quality Director of Columbia Riverkeeper.