Riverkeeper worked closely with farmers, foresters, and the communities threatened by LNG terminals and pipelines. Our mission: Give people a voice—and hope. Our opponents were formidable. Multi-billion dollar companies. Building unions. Corporate-backed elected officials. Here’s how we took on some the largest fracked gas projects in the nation.
- Grassroots Organizing.
Columbia Riverkeeper worked with community groups in two states and eight counties, engaging diverse voices in the fight against LNG. Over a dozen communities passed resolutions against LNG, including Vernonia, Astoria, Forest Grove, and Molalla. For volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to testify at hearings, organize rallies, and meet with elected officials, this was a labor of love.
- Give the People a Vote.
In 2008, over two-thirds of Clatsop County voters rejected LNG in a county-wide referendum, setting the stage for Bradwood LNG’s demise.
- Testify. Testify. Testify.
The public weighed-in on dozens of permits for the Bradwood and Oregon LNG projects. From fact sheets to workshops to detailed legal comments, our coalition left no stone unturned in the effort to persuade decision-makers.
- In the Courtroom.
When agencies ignored environmental laws, we held them accountable in court. Case in point: in 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave Bradwood LNG the greenlight, issuing a license to build and operate. FERC jumped the gun. The agency disregarded laws that protect public health, endangered species, and clean water. Columbia Riverkeeper joined the states of Oregon and Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe, and a coalition of public interest groups to challenge FERC’s decision. The lawsuit was part of Bradwood’s demise; the LNG terminal went bankrupt before the court reached the merits.