Category: Top Stories

Astoria Passes Oil Resolution »

August 8th, 2017: City of Astoria Opposes Oil-by-Rail along the Columbia River: We salute the amazing community activists from the Columbia River Estuary Action Team (CREATe) who drafted the initial resolution and spearheaded this effort.



Oregon Rejects PGE’s New Fracked Gas Power Plants »

August 8th, 2017: Oregonians scored a major victory for clean energy this month when Oregon utility regulators rejected a proposal by PGE to commit our region to decades of power fueled by fracked gas.



Deny Stormwater Permit and Reject Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal »

August 8th, 2017: It’s hard to imagine a bigger threat to the Columbia River, our safety, and our climate than the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal. You can help stop it. Tesoro’s reckless proposal—which would bring up to five dangerous oil trains each day down the Columbia River—is nearing a decision point. Help stop Tesoro: Take action to oppose Tesoro’s water pollution permit.



Farms Feed Us »

August 3rd, 2017: “Good agriculture jobs are on hold in Columbia County because of the uncertainty polluting industry proposed under the rezone creates for local farms. We need a commitment from the county that we can farm without constant risk to water and food safety.” -James Hoffmann, Blueberry Farm Owner



We Strongly Support Portland’s Decision to Fight for the Fossil Fuel Policy »

August 3rd, 2017: August 2, 2017: Portland City Council voted unanimously, 5 to 0, to appeal a decision by Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) that found Portland’s fossil fuel terminal zoning amendments restricting new major fossil fuel infrastructure unconstitutional. The Oregon State Court of Appeals will hear appeals on the case.



Record Breaking Coal Comments: 169,000! »

July 27th, 2017: More than 169,000 public comments flooded the Washington Department of Ecology encouraging the agency to deny a water quality permit needed for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview.



Fossil Fuel Industry Attempts to Put Our Communities and Climate at Risk »

July 19th, 2017: “While we are disappointed in the decision, we will work to secure a policy that protects Portland and our climate from reckless fossil fuel projects like coal and oil train terminals. The people of Portland overwhelmingly supported this policy and strong climate action. We will not be dissuaded by the fossil fuel industry’s attempt to put our communities and climate at risk.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper



Protect Columbia County Farms »

July 18th, 2017: Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.



Conservation Groups Challenge World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Planned for Columbia River »

June 29th, 2017: “The Kalama methanol refinery endangers citizens, communities, the Columbia River and our climate,” said Miles Johnson of Columbia Riverkeeper. “These permits are the product of a woefully inadequate environmental analysis.”



OREGON OIL TRAIN BILL FAILS TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES »

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.