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February 23rd, 2017: If Scott Pruitt won’t take action to protect our iconic salmon from climate change, we will go to court. Today, we filed the nation’s first lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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February 7th, 2017: Carty Generating Station Comment Period wrapped on Friday, Feb. 3, 2016, with over 7,000 comments. Oregonians broke the record for the most comments ever submitted to the Energy Facility Siting Council - all in opposition to PGE’s plan to replace the retiring coal plant at Boardman with two new methane gas plants. Portland General Electric (PGE) proposes deepening the region’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Groups to Defend Portland’s Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack »

January 25th, 2017: Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.


January 23rd, 2017: “The proposed methanol refinery would negatively impact the shorelines of the Columbia River and surrounding communities. Residents from across the region came together to show their opposition at the hearing. A foreign-government controlled chemical refinery is a bad fit for the Columbia River and Kalama.” -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper

Defending Columbia River Communities from Union Pacific Railroad Expansion »

January 23rd, 2017: “Columbia River communities are under siege from massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threaten our water and safety. Union Pacific’s track expansion is part of the effort to turn the Columbia River into a fossil fuel highway,” said Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper. “We look forward to defending Columbia River communities from Union Pacific’s highly unpopular project.”

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