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June 28th, 2017: Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means passes House Bill 2131 related to oil train emergency response and financial responsibility for oil train derailments, spills and fires. The bill will be scheduled for a floor vote in the House and Senate.

Who is protecting the public from oil-by-rail disasters? »

June 21st, 2017: PGE’s plan to sell old oil storage tanks and other equipment to Global Partners LP—an oil company with a history of environmental violations—is not in the public interest.

City of Portland, Coalition Defend Portland’s Fossil Fuel Stand »

June 15th, 2017: The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard oral arguments today about a challenge to Portland’s landmark fossil fuel ordinance. In 2016, the City of Portland passed the land use ordinance restricting development of new major fossil fuel projects, such as oil-by-rail terminals or coal export terminals. The ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance, who have asked LUBA to overturn the policy. A coalition of groups including Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility intervened to support the City’s case in defending the ordinance.

6/13 Events in Salem & The Dalles »

June 12th, 2017: “Railroads and oil companies continue pressure to increase dangerous oil train traffic and terminals through our communities and along special places like the Columbia River, said Rebecca Ponzio, Director of the Stand Up to Oil coalition. “We call on the Oregon PUC and the Columbia River Gorge Commission to protect our communities and say no to these projects.”

Washington Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Open Government »

June 8th, 2017: “Today’s decision (6/8/17) is a victory for people who believe in open, accountable government. The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling comes as scandal consumes Washington D.C. and affirms the responsibility of our state and local elected officials to answer to the people — not Big Oil in backroom deals.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director for Columbia Riverkeeper

Another Columbia River Oil Trains Proposal: And a chance for the public to stop it. »

June 7th, 2017: Northwest communities have been knocking down oil train development proposals as fast as they can spring up. Read the latest article on Port Westward by Eric DePlace of Sightline Institute.


June 6th, 2017: Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal on June 7, 2017, in Vancouver, WA. EFSEC will take public comments on the draft air pollution permit for Tesoro, the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. This is the public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee.

Mosier Events 6/3/2017 »

June 1st, 2017: Tribal leaders, elected officials, and community members will gather on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 12:00 pm, at the Mosier Community School to mark the one year anniversary of the dangerous oil train disaster in the small town of Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge, near Hood River. They will demand a thorough cleanup of Mosier and stand up for communities calling for an end to reckless oil trains.


May 26th, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Advisory: May 26, 2017 Tribal Leaders, Elected Officials, and Local Community Members Gather June 3rd in Mosier, OR to Rally Against Oil-By-Rail WHAT: On June 3, 2016, the small town of Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge, near Hood River, made regional and national news of the most unfortunate kind. Firefighters battled for 14 [...]

Oil Train Explosions: Not in the public interest. »

May 25th, 2017: The Oregon Public Utilities Commission has final say on whether Global Partners can buy massive oil storage tanks from a neighboring industrial site at Port Westward, in Clatskanie, Oregon. The Commission can stop Global Partners’ tank farm expansion if it finds the sale is not “consistent with the public interest.”