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Next Portland Beyond Coal Task Force monthly meeting

When: Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:30pm

Where: Sierra Club Office, 1821 SE Ankeny St. Portland 97214

(Please note the change in start time).


Hundreds show up at rally at Pioneer Square in Portland Oregon to protest coal exports!! Click here or on the picture to see more pictures.

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 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:


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 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.


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.