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Columbia River Ship Traffic: Impact of Coal and Oil Plans »

February 19th, 2015: Sightline Institute report shows proposed coal and oil shipping terminals could TRIPLE major vessel traffic on the Columbia River, increasing the risk of collisions and spills.



Oil Train Derails, Explodes, and Spill into West Virginia’s Kanawha River: Stop the Madness »

February 16th, 2015: An oil train derailed, exploded, and spilled crude oil into the Kanawha River in West Virginia. According to Reuters, two nearby towns - Boomer Bottom and Adena Village - are being evacuated. At least one home was reportedly destroyed in the fire, and oil was burning on the Kanawha River this afternoon. Downstream water agencies have been ordered to shut off their intake valves, and local residents are being asked to conserve water for essential uses only.



Science Shows Vital Fish Habitat Threatened by Proposed Oregon LNG Terminal »

February 5th, 2015: “Putting a massive LNG terminal in the heart of the lower Columbia’s most popular commercial and recreational fishery undermines decades of work to protect fishing opportunities in the lower Columbia River,” said Bob Rees, Columbia River fishing guide and Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. “On top of this, our region has invested billions of dollars in restoring salmon habitat. And a lot of this money is focused in the Columbia River Estuary near Oregon LNG’s project. The contradictions beg for bold action from regulators to protect the Pacific Northwest’s fishing heritage.”



Propane in Portland: Putting our Environment, Communities and Jobs at Risk »

January 30th, 2015: The propane Pembina proposes to export from the Port of Portland would arrive in mile-long pressurized unit trains as liquefied propane gas (LPG). From the trains, the LPG would be stored in massive storage tanks (up to 33 million gallons) that are refrigerated to -44 degrees Fahrenheit. From there, the LPG would be transferred by pipeline across an area currently protected from this type of industrial activity onto massive ships. Because piping LPG through an Environmental Conservation Zone is prohibited, Pembina is currently seeking an amendment to Portland’s Conservation Habitat zoning from Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission – a change the Commission can reject.



Coal export investigation: Internal emails reveal why Corps took shortcut »

January 14th, 2015: Columbia Riverkeeper is releasing key documents that show that political pressure, not science, controlled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s decision making for the controversial Morrow Pacific coal export terminal in Oregon. The documents provide a rare and unsettling look at how Corps’ decisions are made.



Attend LNG Meetings! »

January 8th, 2015: Oregon LNG proposes destroying over 130 acres of high-quality endangered salmon habitat in Youngs Bay, located in the Columbia River Estuary near Astoria. Join us and tell DEQ and the Corps to deny these permits at upcoming public meetings, also submit comments today!



Oregon LNG May Not Have Right to Land to Build Terminal »

December 22nd, 2014: The controversial “Oregon LNG” Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal proposed at the mouth of Columbia River hit an unexpected problem: the company may not have access to the land where it proposes building the terminal.



No Permit, No LNG Pipeline: Decision to Deny Key Permit for LNG Pipeline In Clatsop County Sticks »

December 17th, 2014: Oregon Court of Appeals finds Clatsop County commissioner not biased against LNG project, reversing Land Use Board of Appeals decision.



Oregon Refuses to Protect Public from Oil Terminal’s New Air Pollution »

December 12th, 2014: Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality today rejected a petition submitted on behalf of tens of thousands of Oregonians asking the agency to protect Oregon’s air from harmful new oil terminal pollution by requiring Global Partners to obtain a more protective air pollution permit.



Public Comment Period: Say No to LNG! »

November 25th, 2014: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced a critical public comment period to decide whether to issue key permits for Oregon LNG’s terminal and pipeline. Oregon LNG cannot build its terminal and gas pipeline without permits from DEQ and the Corps.