Category: Top Stories

Update: Washington State Fish Consumption Standards »

October 8th, 2015: Reacting to an announcement by Governor Jay Inslee that the Washington Department of Ecology would take another shot at proposing regulations to protect people from toxins in the fish they eat, a coalition of organizations pushing for safer fish consumption standards countered that any standards need to protect all vulnerable people in the state and must do so as quickly as possible. After the state failed to act early this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped and proposed new rules to ratchet back cancer-causing toxic pollution entering Puget Sound, the Columbia River and other waterbodies.

Oregon LNG Update: Public & Agencies Weigh in on FERC’s 1,000+ page EIS »

October 7th, 2015: A large coalition of commercial and sport fishing, public health, property rights, and environmental groups joined agencies in calling on FERC to recognize the significant impacts of Oregon LNG’s project and deny permits for LNG export on the Columbia. Read the extensive comments here.

22k Barrel/Day Oil Terminal Proposed in Vancouver, WA to Prepare EIS Outlining Risks »

October 6th, 2015: City of Vancouver correctly determined that NuStar's oil terminal would probably have a significant negative impact on the Columbia River and communities along it. Vancouver and its citizens will now have the opportunity to thoroughly study and explain the risks of NuStar's proposal. If the risks of oil spills, explosions, fires, and toxic air emissions cannot be reduced to safe and acceptable levels, the city can reject NuStar's project.

Senators Question FERC on Oregon Gas Export Terminal »

September 30th, 2015: Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congresswoman Bonamici sent a strongly worded letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning the “Oregon LNG” Liquefied Natural Gas export terminal application. FERC published the letter this morning.

Stand up for Oregon – Say “No to LNG!” »

September 25th, 2015: Sign our petition calling on Governor Brown to reject LNG in Oregon. The Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove proposals would harm Oregon families with eminent domain, degrade salmon habitat, and increase energy costs. Take action today!

Clean Water Champion Awards Announced »

September 17th, 2015: This fall Columbia Riverkeeper is celebrating our 15th anniversary as a nonprofit organization with a celebration and awards ceremony in Portland. Today we’re announcing the recipients of our “Clean Water Champion Awards.

Canadian LPG Export Terminal Added to Oil Refinery in Longview »

September 3rd, 2015: Waterside Energy unveiled its newest fossil fuel export plan at a September 2, 2015, Port of Longview public meeting. Backers of the proposed oil refinery seek to add a Canadian Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) export terminal to their original oil refinery proposal.

Overflow Crowd Packs Warrenton Hearing to Oppose Oregon LNG »

September 3rd, 2015: Last night over 200 people, the vast majority opposed to the Oregon LNG project, packed the City of Warrenton’s public hearing about the proposed Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline. Before the hearing, local activists rallied outside with signs, banners, and a mock-up of the proposed pipeline. And an overflow crowd presented hours of testimony urging a Hearings Officer to deny the Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline because it conflicts with the City’s local land use laws. Because so many people wanted to testify, the Hearings Officer scheduled a second hearing on Thursday evening.

There’s More: Oil Refinery Backers Seek to Add Crude-by-Rail & LPG Terminal »

August 29th, 2015: The Columbia River is now the most threatened river in the nation from crude oil trains and tankers. The newly disclosed terminal, called Washington Energy Storage & Transfer (WEST), would receive 164,000 barrels per day from Alberta tar sands or the Bakken formation in North Dakota, and load the crude on to ocean-going tankers to sail over the notoriously dangerous Columbia River bar.

Important: LNG Hearings this September »

August 25th, 2015: September is packed with critical hearings to convince the City of Warrenton and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject Oregon LNG. Join us to make the case for a safe, healthy river.