Category: Top Stories

State Denies Key Water Quality Permit for Longview Coal Project »

September 26th, 2017: The Washington Department of Ecology denied a necessary water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview today, citing the project’s negative impacts on climate, clean air and water. Absent a successful legal challenge to the decision, the denial renders the project formally dead.



Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Permit Invalid »

September 18th, 2017: Today (9/18/2017), we received a victory in our challenge on the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board (Board) ruled that the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County violated the law by failing to disclose and evaluate greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s largest methanol refinery, proposed on the banks of the Columbia River. As a result, permits previously issued for the project are invalid.



Radio Tierra Show Launch Party 9/19 at Lake Taco »

September 14th, 2017: We are launching a new show on Radio Tierra called "Conoce Tu Columbia // Know Your Columbia." Join us for the launch party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Lake Taco in Hood River. The show is produced by Columbia Riverkeeper's Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández.



Fundraiser: Dinner Theater 10/19 »

September 8th, 2017: Join us for an unforgettable evening October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm. Proceeds to fight fossil fuel export terminal proposals that threaten the Columbia River. Artist Holcombe Waller Performs Notes from the Riverkeeper, Music and Spoken Word Journey about the Columbia River.



Activist Artist Holcombe Waller Launches Northwest Musical Tour »

September 8th, 2017: Notes from the Riverkeepers new music by artist Holcombe Waller makes its world premiere with a regional tour (Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2017). The musical homily provides a history of crude-oil-by-rail transportation in the Columbia River Gorge; culminating with the nearly catastrophic Union Pacific oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon in June of 2016.



Voices standing up for communities and calling for an end to reckless oil trains »

August 22nd, 2017: Today, Aug. 22, 2017, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) held its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal, with over 150 attendees urging EFSEC to deny the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. The hearing focused on stormwater pollution from the proposed terminal, but many people used the opportunity to urge EFSEC and Governor Jay Inslee to deny the project as a whole.



“Computer modeling shows that Lower Snake River dams caused dangerously hot water for salmon in 2015″ »

August 14th, 2017: As some federal legislators move to stifle salmon recovery and science, we're releasing new research on how the Snake River dams affect water temperature and salmon migration. In 2015, hot water killed 250,000 sockeye salmon in the Columbia River basin.



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.