More than 42,000 comments were submitted to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), overwhelmingly in opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This unprecedented number of comments ask the agency to deny the Clean Water Act permit required for the project. In the last month, thousands of comments flooded in after Oregon DEQ extended the comment period as a result of public pressure. The comment period closed on Monday, August 20.
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Initially published on July 31, 2018 by Nicholas Caleb on Center for Sustainable Economy
Oregon Supreme Court Declines Review, Leaving in Place Oregon Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ordinance
July 31, 2018 (Portland, Ore.) — Today, a coalition of public interest groups celebrated news that opponents of Portland’s fossil fuel ordinance have failed in their efforts to overturn the City’s landmark law. In 2016, Portland’s City Council voted unanimously to prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas terminals. Last week, the Oregon Supreme Court declined to review a January 2018 ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that upheld the Constitutionality of Portland’s Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, dealing another blow to the legal challenges brought by the Portland Business Alliance and the oil industry.
Over 60 people lined entrances to the Convention Center to greet attendees of the Portland Business Alliance’s (PBA) Annual Meeting. Signs and leaflets informed members that PBA has endorsed the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove fracked gas plant in Southern Oregon. Read more
For Immediate Release
November 11, 2015
Media Contact: Mia Reback, Organizer, 350PDX, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 717-7966
Nick Caleb, Legal Fellow, Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE), email@example.com, (541) 891-6761
Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 890-2441
Portland, OR, City Council Will Vote On Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Portland, OR: The Portland City Council is set to vote on a resolution opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure on November 12th at 2pm (Resolution 1157). The resolution will be the strongest local fossil fuel infrastructure ban in the country. The hearing is scheduled to last for three hours, and the City Council will hear testimony on proposed amendments from Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick before the City Council votes on the resolution. The hearing can be watched via livestream here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?tab=live
Community leaders will be available for interviews before and after the hearing.
What: Portland City Council Hearing and Vote on the Fossil Fuel Resolution
When: Thursday November 12th, 2-5 PM
Where: Portland City Hall
The Fossil Fuel Resolution follows the passage of a resolution to oppose new oil train traffic in Portland. The resolution also allows the City of Portland to go on record opposing the proposed TesoroSavage Oil Terminal in nearby Vancouver, WA, which would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal.
Community Groups including members of the Climate Action Coalition and 350PDX plan to fill City Hall on Thursday with creative visuals to show support for this landmark resolution. The Fossil Fuel Resolution is being supported by community and environmental groups including 350PDX, Portland Audubon Society, Center for Sustainable Economy, member groups of the Climate Action Coalition, and Columbia Riverkeeper; and by the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
This morning, before Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met with President Obama to discuss his Clean Power Plan, Mayor Hales and I spoke on the phone to talk about climate change, Arctic Drilling, and the need for strong action on climate. It was such an honor that an elected official like Mayor Hales took time out of his busy day to talk with me. Below are the notes I wrote up before our call that outline the conversation we had. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Mayor to take stronger action on climate and build a just, equitable society for all.