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Catastrophic. Devastating. These are just some of the words scientists are using to describe the crisis unfolding on the Columbia. Dams are the main culprit causing the salmon crisis. Salmon need cool water to survive. Dams heat up the river by decreasing river flow and creating huge, stagnant reservoirs that soak up the sun. Compounding the dam problem, this year’s low snowpack coupled with hot water temperatures are straining already imperiled salmon runs. News reports from across the region paint a sobering picture: salmon runs struggle to cope with the harsh realities of dams, poor water management, and climate change.
Riverkeeper and allies were in court today to argue that the Port of Vancouver’s back room deals with Tesoro for an oil terminal lease violated state law. After today’s court hearing, the case is moving to a fact-finding trial. Riverkeeper looks forward to presenting our case that the Port should make decisions in a transparent manner and involve the public. The proposed Tesoro oil terminal is a serious threat to the Columbia River and our communities. For more information on online by rail, visit our website.
Protect the Northwest from Crude Oil-By-Rail: Tell the Army Corps and EFSEC to Deny Permits for Tesoro Savage
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) are taking public comment on potential permits and associated environmental review for Tesoro Savage’s oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Tesoro Savage cannot build its terminal without permits from the Army Corps and EFSEC. Comment Deadline: August 1, 2015.