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The Morrow Pacific coal export proposal continues to move through permitting processes.

 

 

The DEQ has just announced a 401 water certificate hearing in Boardman on August 12th, for the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.
 

Thank The DEQ has just announced a 401 water certificate hearing in Boardman on August 12th, for the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.

 
We will have some sort of meet-up or bus from Portland for this hearing, leaving in the afternoon on August 12th and returning late that night.
 
I would encourage you to sign up if you think you could make the trek to Boardman.
 
The sign up is here:  
 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-hearing-for-draft-401-water-quality-certification-for-proposed-coyote-island-coal-terminal-tickets-12321950285

 
There are 18 slots left as of 9:30 pm 7/22/14.
 
Please let me know if you sign up for a speaking slot... and also please let me know if you sign up for a slot and decide to not go, so that someone else can take your testimony slot.  
 
Thank you for all you do.
Sincerely,
Laura Stevens: Contact laura.stevens@sierraclub.org for more information.
Oregon Beyond Coal campaign
 
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We believe that Oregonians should not be footing the bill for dirty and dangerous fossil fuel projects.

This even has happened.
Please send info on it for posting to Ed Averill 
Connect Oregon transportation funds were recommended last week to the Oregon Transportation Commission that includes $2 million dollars for Ambre Energy's proposed coal export terminal at Port Westward in NW Oregon. An additional $2 million was recommended for Global's oil terminal, and $8.9 million for the city of Rainier to accommodate increased oil train transportation.
 
 
If approved, coal and oil projects would account for 17% of the entire Connect Oregon funding allocation. Subsidizing dirty coal and dangerous oil means that other transportation projects, including bike, pedestrian and public transit programs won't happen.   See Oil Page for further information on oil issues.
 
Unless we act soon, Oregon the state will subsidize dirty coal export, climate pollution, and dangerous oil trains along the Columbia River and through Portland, Scappoose, St. Helens, and Rainier. 
 
Recently, Ambre Energy and the oil-by-rail company Global Partners partnered with local municipalities and applied for millions in public subsidies through the Connect Oregon grant program to fund their dirty and dangerous projects. If approved, coal and oil projects would account for 17% of the entire Connect Oregon funding allocation. Subsidizing dirty coal and dangerous oil means that other transportation projects, including bike, pedestrian and public transit programs won't happen.
 
As Governor Kitzhaber already said, it is time once and for all to say no to coal export from the Pacific Northwest. Yet, the State of Oregon is poised to use state (lotery) dollars to facilitate coal exports and oil trains through Columbia County.
 
What: Oregon Transportation Commission's public hearing on proposed Connect Oregon transportation funding
When: Thursday, July 17, 2014 time is now 1:30PM - 5 pm
Where:  NEW LOCATION:  Salem Convention Center at 200 Commercial St SE
 
Interested in testifying: Three minutes per person, please bring 10 copies of your testimony. 
Not Interested in testifying: We need your support in the room, so please come even if you don't plan to speak! 
Planning to drive or need a ride? Meet up at the Sierra Club office at TBA time (likely 11:30 am), 1821 SE Ankeny Street Portland, OR

RSVP so we know you're coming and remember to wear red!

 
 
Thank you for all you do.
Sincerely,
Laura Stevens: Contact laura.stevens@sierraclub.org for more information.
Oregon Beyond Coal campaign
 

 

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Gov Kitzhaber said that it’s time once and for all to say no to coal exports. We couldn’t agree more.  Now it’s up to us to call and urge him to make his commitment real by denying the upcoming permit.

 

Text coalexports to 69866 or call 1-202-684-2465 to be connected with Governor Kitzhaber’s office and tell him you support a denial of the coal export permit. Then post a comment at https://www.facebook.com/OregonBeyondCoal to let us know how your call went!

Kids speak to Governor Kitzhaber about coal exports. this is so heartwarming!!!

Here are 6 great reasons why Oregon shouldn't allow the transport and export of coal.

 

Governor Kitzhaber's Department of State Lands (DSL) has a big decision to make on coal export and they have until April 30 to make it. Governor Kitzhaber recently allowed the Dept. of Environmental Quality to issue three permits to Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export terminal and we do not want DSL to follow suit.

We need the Governor to act now.
We need a real commitment to keep dirty coal out of Oregon. Call Governor Kitzhaber’s citizen representative office TODAY and urge him to stop coal exports: (503) 378-4582.

 

News update: glass half empty, glass half full...DEQ requires 401 water certification before Ambre energy can proceed, but issues 3 permits Click here to learn more.

What can you do to help? Write a letter to the editor! Contact laura.stevens@sierraclub.org for more information.

 

Are you, or do you know, an Oregon business leader? Would your company oppose coal exports?  Join over 100 Oregon businesses in taking a stand against this project

Are you an Oregon health care professional? Are you opposed to coal exports? Join over 500 Oregon health care professionals in taking a stand against this project.

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While there are no hearings to attend in the near future, there are processes for which written comments are still welcome.  Please help make sure all appropriate ideas have been submitted to the appropriate agencies for consideration!  The following table will soon contain all the info to help you prepare for and submit your comments, please check back, soon:

 

ProjectSubmit
Comment
View
Comments
Deadline
Vancouver Oil Terminal(ended)View CommentsDecember 18, 2013
MILLENNIUM Bulk Terminals-Longview  EIS Environmental Impact Statements(ended)View CommentsNovember 18, 2013
Oregon LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
CommentView Comments 

 

   
    

October 29th in Vancouver was a very important scoping hearing on the Vancouver Oil Terminal!  (Oil is a fossil fuel, too.)

 
During the scoping period, written comments on the Vancouver Oil Terminal may be submitted by email at efsec@utc.wa.gov or by mail to Stephen Posner, interim EFSEC manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-3172.
 

There is news about that very successful hearing that you can look at here.

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Of the Northwest’s proposed oil-by-rail projects, the largest isthe Tesoro Savage project proposed at the Port of Vancouver. In summer 2013, the Port approved a lease agreement with Tesoro Savage to ship up to a staggering 360,000 barrels of crude oil each day along the Columbia River. The proposed oil terminal would require at least four, mile-and-a-half long unit trains per day. For communities along the Columbia and rail line, the consequences of a project of this magnitude are staggering.
 
The next step: Tesoro Savage now must get approval from Governor Inslee because the quantity of oil proposed to be shipped is so large. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will make a recommendation to the Governor on the unprecedented project and, then, the Governor will make the final decision to deny or approve the terminal.
 

 

Australian company Ambre Energy wants to export 44 million tons of coal through Longview, which could bring 16 coal trains a day through the Columbia River Gorge , Portland, and Southwest Washington.  Between dangerous coal dust, diesel and carbon pollution, and mile and a half long trains cutting through our neighborhoods – this is bad news.  We need your help to stop Big Coal from moving forward with this dirty and dangerous proposal.  Attending the upcoming hearing on October 9th is the best way to do that.  

It is believed that Ambre Energy has been unable to submit supporting information needed for a planned Nov 1, 2013 decision by the Oregon Land Board on the Morrow Pacific Coal Terminal permit requirements, and will therefore accept a delay on the decision until approximately April 1, 2014.  This will provide an extra opportunity for us to convince the Oregon Land Board that there can not be a convincing argument made that this project will not terribly damage Oregon lands.