In April 2016, Oregon LNG collapsed under the weight of immense local opposition, key legal victories, and a faltering LNG market.
Thousands of Oregonians organized their neighbors, pressured state and federal agencies, and reached across political lines to form an unbreakable wall of opposition. Our coalition withstood attack ads, lawsuits, and seemingly endless pressure from Oregon LNG.
The turning point came in October 2013. Oregon LNG needed land use permits to build a 41-mile segment of pipeline through rural Clatsop County, Oregon. The County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to reject Oregon LNG’s pipeline. Years of lawsuits ensued. Oregon LNG lost. We won.
But Oregon LNG marched on.
The final blow came in March 2016 when a City of Warrenton Hearings Officer denied key land use permits to build the terminal. Why? The Hearings Officer concluded LNG would destroy critical endangered salmon habitat and restrict fishing access to the most important recreational fishing grounds in the Columbia River Basin.
With no pipeline and no terminal, Oregon LNG’s funders gave up.
In 2010, we scored a David versus Goliath victory when the Bradwood LNG import project filed for bankruptcy after years of fighting our grassroots campaign to protect Columbia River communities from the threat of LNG.
Riverkeeper worked with farmers, foresters, and communities along the Columbia River to execute a successful grassroots and legal campaign that ultimately led to Bradwood’s bankruptcy.
When Bradwood failed, the Palomar Pipeline failed with it in 2011. NW Natural Gas had pushed the Palomar Pipeline to deliver gas from the Bradwood terminal across hundreds of family farms and through the Mt. Hood National Forest, although many suspected the pipeline could be used to export – not import – gas. When NW Natural canceled its pipeline, thousands of families were relieved of the threat of eminent domain.