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January 23rd, 2017: “The proposed methanol refinery would negatively impact the shorelines of the Columbia River and surrounding communities. Residents from across the region came together to show their opposition at the hearing. A foreign-government controlled chemical refinery is a bad fit for the Columbia River and Kalama.” -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper

Defending Columbia River Communities from Union Pacific Railroad Expansion »

January 23rd, 2017: “Columbia River communities are under siege from massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threaten our water and safety. Union Pacific’s track expansion is part of the effort to turn the Columbia River into a fossil fuel highway,” said Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper. “We look forward to defending Columbia River communities from Union Pacific’s highly unpopular project.”

Grand Coulee Dam Settlement »

January 19th, 2017: Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections »

January 12th, 2017: “Columbia River communities are still reeling from the fiery oil train derailment on Union Pacific’s tracks. Union Pacific’s profit-driven lawsuit won’t bully Gorge communities. Even the nation’s biggest railroad must submit to federal laws and treaties with Indian Nations,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper.

Oil Train Legislation »

January 11th, 2017: We are heartened to see Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney take up the critical public safety issue of dangerous oil trains in Oregon. On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, spilling oil that burned and polluted the Columbia River. The Mosier derailment could easily have destroyed the town and injured or killed people. Oregon is overdue to take every measure possible to protect our vulnerable towns, rivers, and fishing sites near oil trains.

Breaking News on Coal Exports »

January 3rd, 2017: “Commissioner Goldmark listened to the public and gave a firm ‘no’ to the largest coal terminal in the country. Millennium started off misleading the public about the intended size of the coal terminal and later ignored Washington state’s request for critical information on their finances. Millennium failed to show they can protect public resources--the Columbia River. We ring in the new year with a major victory for the public, and showing that, once again the Northwest holds the line on dirty fossil fuels.”

Community Groups Agree: Oregon Needs Clean Energy, Not Fossil Fuels »

December 16th, 2016: "Oregon is working diligently to reduce its reliance on highly polluting fuels like fracked natural gas. This proposal takes Oregon in the wrong direction, undercutting the region's effort to establish the cleanest energy system we can. While the federal government seems unlikely to take action on carbon pollution, Oregon needs to do better than committing to decades of fossil fuel power that harms our climate and stresses our natural systems." -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

Election Results for Columbia Riverkeeper Board »

December 14th, 2016: Linda McLain is the newly-elected President of Columbia Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors. McLain is a Vancouver resident and is an owner of Currie & McLain Certified Public Accountants.

Portland Makes History with New Protections from Fossil Fuels »

December 14th, 2016: "At a time when people around the world are grappling with how to protect clean water and accelerate a transition away from fossil fuels, Portland is setting a globally significant example and using this geographic and economic opportunity to make a bold statement. " -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia Riverkeeper

Union Pacific has appealed Wasco County’s denial of its rail expansion proposal near Mosier, OR »

December 13th, 2016: “Last summer the image of an exploding oil train along the Columbia River burned into our collective memory. While Union Pacific was in a board room sketching out plans to increase profits, communities up and down the Columbia River were standing up to oil-by-rail and coal export. It was wise for Wasco County to deny Union Pacific’s plans for more unsafe oil trains.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper