Port of Longview Commissioners Reject Haven Energy

Great news from across the river: Port of Longview commissioners reject Haven Energy lease on 3-0 vote!

In Early March, 2015, the folks in Longview had their second major victory against the fossil fuel industry.

The first came years ago when Bradwood LNG (liquid natural gas) shriveled up and went bankrupt. The second victory came March 10th when the port actively rejected a Haven Energy Terminals LLC propane export lease. This was a hard battle, led by Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community. Read more

Fuel Exports in a Climate Action Plan?? Change this!

kid20climateLast week, a draft Climate Action Plan was released by the City of Portland and Multnomah County that will put our region on the map for taking strong action to combat climate change. The nationally anticipated draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) provides a responsible and equitable roadmap for the community to greatly reduce carbon emissions. This plan is over two decades in the making and has risen to the occasion to address the changing dynamics of urban carbon pollution…almost.

 First, the good news. Nearly 50 neighborhood associations voiced concern or opposition to coal export. And many are taking similar action on dangerous crude-by-rail. The draft CAP reflects this overwhelming concern for coal and oil export. Objective 3 of the CAP seeks to establish a fossil fuel export policy and advocates for statewide opposition to coal and oil exports. Portland and Multnomah County leaders deserve praise for this action.

The fossil fuel export objective, however, is missing a critical piece. Our city is poised to take bold action on coal and oil export but dangerous propane export, something that the Port of Portland is currently considering, was left out. Read more

Fossil Fuel TERMINAL-ogy, Explained!

JORDANCOVE/PEMBINA/T6/CLATSKANIE/LNG/ArcLogistics/AmbreEnergy/MorrowPacific/VLGC

Wow! It’s the Green Kid, Detective for 350pdx. © 2012 Joe Shlabotnik

Wow! It’s the Green Kid, Detective for 350pdx. © 2012 Joe Shlabotnik

What does it all mean?  Help me!

I looked in the dictionary.

It said that a ‘terminal’ marks the end of something: a rail line, a series, a branch, an electrical circuit.  So I said:

But we seem to be talking about something else here.  Maybe something more like a midpoint, somewhere between fracking the West and fueling Asia. Then I heard a voice at my shoulder:  “Hey, maybe I can help you.” Wow!  It’s the Green Kid, Detective for 350pdx.

She said:

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ACTION NEEDED: Natural Gas Terminal Proposed (deadline Feb 16, 2015)

Do your officials know you oppose liquid natural gas being transported through Oregon?

The deadline is approaching to send a comment to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality!!

 Oregon LNG cannot build its destructive, polluting terminal and gas pipeline without approvals from DEQ. We need your voice in persuading DEQ to deny Oregon LNG – make that happen by submitting your comment today.

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PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Terry Schrunk Plaza
1200 SW 3rd Ave, @ SW Madison
Portland, Info: 503-705-1943

On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the case against the KeystoneXL pipeline—This is NOT the final decision on KXL; it just places President Obama in the forefront of the decision-making.

350.org, the Sierra Club and Rainforest Action Network, are calling for public assemblies throughout the U.S.

This is not a civil disobedient event, but a national-wide expression of pipeline opposition.

Please join us to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline NOW.
This event is endorsed by the Climate Action Coalition: 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, The Raging Grannies, NoKXL/Portland, Ist Unitarian Universalist/Community for Earth, and the PDX Bike Swarm.

Two Ways To Be Involved This Month

1) 350PDX “Jump start the year” general meeting, Sat Jan 17th, 3-5pm, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St; everyone, including new folks, are encouraged to join as we layout our plan for this year.

2) The City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission has announced a time change for the Public Hearing on the Propane Terminal proposal. Note the NEW times below.

Please speak out against the proposed Pembina Propane Terminal next Tuesday, January 13. Portland has a national reputation for sustainable energy leadership–don’t let a Canadian-owned fossil fuel terminal tarnish our image.

Please join us even if you do not plan to testify.

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Southern Oregon Coast Under Threat: LNG Export Facility & Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Photo: Daniel Serres

Photo: Daniel Serres

The Southern Oregon coast is currently under threat from an LNG export facility and its accompanying Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Help say “NO!” to another climate disruptor in our region. Take the bus with us on December 9th to the Public Hearing on the Jordan Cove LNG project, in Roseburg.

Our bus will leave Portland at 1:00PM and will return past midnight. Please call Bonnie at 503-705-1943 for info on reserving your seat on the bus.

The impacts of LNG in Oregon must be exposed before irresponsible and irretrievable plans become reality.

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Open Public Comments: Oil by Rail

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Ghosts of Trains to Come

It was back in the Halloween season when a veritable fleet of cars, buses, and bikes caravanned to Olympia, WA to address a horror much more frightening than ghosts and ghouls. The ever-expanding transport of oil through our region is what really scares us. We know that the oil industry’s plans to expand oil extraction work directly flies in the face of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The hearing was packed with people in red shirts showing their disapproval of the proposed increase in oil transport through the region.

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Keystone XL Status Update!

kxlWith the Keystone XL up for Fast Track approval in the senate, we’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting on the verdict. Here are recent updates from 350.org national organizers:

We just won the Keystone XL vote in the Senate. Thank you all for your hard work making calls, organizing actions, and generally growing this beautiful, huge, and increasingly powerful movement. This is a huge win against Big Oil. And now, we’ll continue to fight until a rejection.

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