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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. UPDATE: **Hearing Extended** Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm


August 20th, 2015: The 2015 totem pole journey comes at a defining moment in the collaborative effort to defeat fossil fuel export proposals in Oregon and Washington. The 22-foot long totem pole is being donated by the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers and will make stops at each of the proposed coal ports in Oregon and Washington as well as in tribal communities and places of worship. The totem pole is destined for the Power River Basin, the source of the proposed coal that would be transported across the Pacific Northwest to Montana.

New Analysis of Oil Train Economics: Local Business View Of Jobs, Customer Demand, Economic Development »

August 18th, 2015: Tele press conference 8/18 at 10am: Seven business owners will hold a conference call to discuss the new community-driven cost-benefit analysis entitled “BAD FOR BUSINESS: Impact of the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal on small business."

Hanford Cleanup: We Can Do It! »

August 6th, 2015: You can join Columbia Riverkeeper and others throughout the Pacific NW who are standing up and demanding that the federal government clean up Hanford, to protect people, to protect salmon, and to protect our river. Our challenge is to plant our heels at the edge of the Columbia River and ensure future generations don't have to deal with Hanford’s radioactive and toxic legacy. #cleanuphanford

Oregon LNG Update: Groups Call on Governor Brown to Deny State Permits »

August 5th, 2015: A coalition including fishing, public health, property rights, and conservation groups criticized a draft environmental review issued today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline. FERC has a history of approving liquefied natural gas (LNG) developments, including the Bradwood LNG project on the Columbia River, which filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The groups called on Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown to deny key state permits for the project in light of FERC’s failure to consider the best available science on LNG’s impacts to public health and safety, endangered salmon, and the economy.

Tesoro-Savage Public Comments: EPA & National Park Services »

August 4th, 2015: In July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sought public review and comment on a proposal by Tesoro-Savage Petroleum Terminal to construct an oil export terminal located in the Columbia River at the Port of Vancouver, in Clark County, Washington. Today, Columbia Riverkeeper is sharing those public comments from some of those agencies. This project is incredibly contentious because would be the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

Waterkeepers Washington reacts to Ecology’s suspension of draft water quality rule »

August 3rd, 2015: On Friday, July 31, 2015, Governor Inslee announced he would be directing the Washington Department of Ecology not to proceed with its pending draft rule water quality standards rule. The rulemaking process is required by the federal Clean Water Act to set standards to control toxic pollution in Washington waterways based on established health risks, including the amount of fish people eat (also known as the fish consumption rate). Governor Inslee’s announcement was prompted by a setback in the Washington state legislature, where the Governor failed to pass a related source control package.