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Millennium Coal Terminal DEIS Released Today »

April 29th, 2016: Today (April 29, 2016) Ecology released their draft Environmental Impact Statement for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal 44 million metric tons of coal per year export terminal along the Columbia River in Longview, WA. The report comes after the agency received over 165,000 public comments calling for a broad review of the proposed coal export terminal. Learn what you can do!

Millennium Draft EIS Preliminary Summary of Findings »

April 29th, 2016: “The DEIS paints a bleak picture for people who live near the coal terminal,” said Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper. “It validates what we know from coal export sites around the world. They’re dirty. Coal dust hanging in the air and coating homes. The path forward is clear: Uncovered coal trains and stockpiles have no place in Longview and along the Columbia,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney, Columbia Riverkeeper.

Pete Seeger Celebration »

April 25th, 2016: Celebrate Pete Seeger’s birthday & clean water campaigns on the Columbia River with a live musical tribute to Pete. Pete Seeger Jam Session, concert featuring Joe Hickerson & Friends with a sing-a-long this Sunday, May 1 at 7-9pm (doors at 6:30pm).

Hanford Tank Leaks »

April 18th, 2016: Nuclear waste storage tank alarms sounded on Sunday as radioactive waste leaked through the inner shell of Hanford's oldest double-shelled tank. There is a significant leak in tank AY-102, which holds some of the most dangerous nuclear waste on Earth. These tanks were not designed to hold waste for decades. It's past time to get the waste out of the unsafe tanks. We thank the workers at Hanford for conducting this dangerous cleanup. This is another reminder of the cost of nuclear waste, and the unexpected outcomes of handling radioactive material. We will continue to push the Department of Energy for a thorough and transparent cleanup in the face of mounting challenges.

Methanol Comment Period Wraps for Plant in Kalama »

April 18th, 2016: Today, April 18, 2016, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) comment period wraps for a proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama. Methanol from the plant would be shipped through the Columbia River estuary to China where it would be used to make plastic. Read comments on the DEIS by Columbia Riverkeeper and other groups here.

Victory: Oregon LNG Withdraws »

April 15th, 2016: "After 10 years of fighting, we protected the Columbia River from dirty gas export. This is yet another huge victory for clean water and our climate. Tens of thousands of people stood up to protect clean water, public safety, and our climate. What an amazing effort and result!" - Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper

Tell the Port Tomorrow: Tesoro’s Time Is Up »

April 11th, 2016: Tomorrow, April 12, 2016, is the biggest day yet for stopping the largest oil-by-rail facility in North America. The Port of Vancouver will hold a critical public hearing tomorrow to decide whether to amend its lease for the Tesoro Savage project. Your presence and your voice can help persuade the Port to end the lease.

Port of Vancouver: End the Oil Lease. We’ll Stand with You. »

April 6th, 2016: Port of Vancouver USA staff recommend against extending oil lease. Major hearing April 12, doors at 8am, hearing begins at 9:30am at Clark College -- Vancouver, Washington. Help us spread the word and pack this hearing to support the Port in ENDING, not extending, the lease.

Methanol in Kalama »

March 12th, 2016: Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW), a new company backed by the Chinese government, wants to build a large natural gas-to-methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Washington. Methanol from the plant would be shipped through the Columbia River estuary to China where it would be used to make plastic or burned as fuel.

No LNG in Southern Oregon »

March 11th, 2016: Today, March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline. A coalition of impacted landowners, conservationists, climate activists, water advocates and businesses have opposed this project for more than a decade.