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Corvalis: Wednesday December 17th, 6:30 pm,
Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis
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(old date was: 6:30 pm Thurs. Nov. 13th)
Oregon still gets one third of its energy
from out-of-state coal plants. We can do better.
Let's switch to clean, renewable energy. At this forum we
will introduce our efforts to encourage the Oregon State
Legislature to require that investor-owned utilities stop using
coal for Oregon customers by 2025.
OLCV - Education
350 PDX and 350 Corvallis
Better World Club
Engineers for a Sustainable Future
Flying Fish Company
Citizens Climate Lobby - Portland and Corvallis
Home Performance Guild
UU Fellowship of Corvallis - Climate Justice Committee and the
Environmental Action Council
League of Women's Voters- Corvallis
International Living Future Institute
Alliance for Democracy -- Portland Chapter
Celebrate the local leadership that
stopped coal exports in Oregon and turn to what's next:
transitioning Oregon completely off coal to clean,
30th, 6:30PM to 8PM.
1821 SE Ankeny St,
Portland, OR 97214
Beyond Coal Campaign Representative Amy Hojnowski
Oregon Beyond Coal to
While coal plants are the single
biggest air polluter in US power generation, making coal a
leading cause of climate disruption and a major public
health threat. In recent years, Oregon has made great
strides against coal, setting 2020 as the date that
Oregon’s only coal plant in Boardman will stop burning
coal, and we have defeated three coal export
Yet still, Oregon gets one-third of
its electrical energy from out-of-state coal plants. Pacific
Power, Oregon’s biggest utility company, is the worst
offender, getting two-thirds of its electricity
from coal plants.
Oregon’s Public Utilities
Commission, which oversees Pacific Power’s expenditures,
has repeatedly told the company to do a better job of
protecting its customers from electricity price increases
and financial risk caused by investing in coal plants as
the cost of coal power increases across the country.
Oregonians want clean energy.
We have a moral obligation – and an incredible
opportunity - to end our dependence on dirty coal and bring
more clean energy jobs to Oregon.
Oregon should transition off coal
to clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar and energy
efficiency. Instead of buying coal from out-of-state coal
plants, Oregon’s utility companies like Pacific Power should
invest in clean energy sources that create new jobs in
Clean energy has already brought
over $9 billion of investment and 5,000 long-term jobs to
Oregon, supporting local communities across the state. There
is enough solar and wind potential in Oregon to provide
electricity to all Oregonians and sell excess energy to
Building solar and wind capacity
produce good-paying jobs in fields such as engineering,
construction, and manufacturing that offer wages and
benefits that can sustain middle-class families, especially
when these are union jobs.
Meanwhile, wind and solar are
cheaper than ever before. Investment banks like Citigroup
confirm that solar and wind power is already competing on
costs with coal and other fossil fuels.
It’s time to give Oregonians the
energy we want. Let’s protect our climate, create local
jobs, and transition from coal to clean, renewable energy.
Let’s lend support to the Oregon
Public Utility Commission to make a plan to transition
Oregon off coal to clean energy.
have real power:
Each individual consumer can
choose to install rooftop solar on his house. Any time
that happens, it lowers the demand for grid power that might
be supplied from coal.
We can target both consumers and
the Oregon Public Utility Commission to make changes in
favor of green power.
So, join this new Beyond Coal
Oregon to Clean Power campaign and continue help us win
against dirty coal!
History -- What happened before:
Oregon officially rejects coal exports
Victory! The Oregon Department of
State Lands (DSL) denied a key permit necessary for Ambre
Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export proposal. This project would
have sent hundreds of coal trains through the region and
thousands of coal barges down the Columbia River.
COAL POTLUCK PICNIC
Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 pm
Laurelhurst Park **please note change in
location** We will not meet at the Sierra Club office
for our usual Task Force meeting.
Location: Picnic Site C,
located just inside the SE 37th Ave and SE Oak St entrance to
Details: Bring your
own beverage, plate and utensils and a potluck dish to share.
our September meeting will be moved to Tuesday September
30th, the fifth Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8
pm, at the Sierra Club office. Sierra Club Beyond Coal
Campaign Representative to the Pacific Power Campaign, Amy
Hojnowski will give a presentation on getting Pacific Power off
We only have one
week left to convince the Oregon Department of State Lands
(DSL) to deny the permit for Ambre Energy's proposal to ship
8.8 million tons of coal down the Columbia River. That's more
than 5,000 round trip coal barges that would be continuously
polluting the area.
We have an opportunity to stop this. On August 18th, Governor
Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of State Lands can and
should deny the permit for Ambre Energy's Morrow Pacific coal
Not only would this project send millions of tons of coal down
the Columbia, polluting our local environment, but it would also
be a major blow to our fight against climate change.
to remind Governor Kitzhaber and DSL Director Mary
Abrams today that they have the power to protect our air,
water and climate by denying this permit!
After eight permit delays, the Oregon Department of State Lands
set August 18th as their decision deadline. During these delays,
you've played a huge role in ensuring that decision makers feel
the pressure to not open the door to a dirty coal export future.
Ambre Energy's finances are still shaky and their community
presence is weak, so we know we've done a great job.
We can't quit now: Make sure Governor Kitzhaber and DSL make the
right decision on August 18th by sending them a message today.
The decision coming from DSL in just a few weeks will decide
this dirty coal will travel down the scenic Columbia River from
the Port of Morrow to Port Westward, near Clatskanie, where it
would be loaded onto enormous ships bound for export.
Our rivers, our communities, and our climate are hinging on this
decision. Send your message today.
Thanks for taking action,
Oregon Beyond Coal Organizer
RSVP to join us at
this important public hearing to speak out against Ambre
Energy’s Morrow Pacific project.
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Will Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) choose
coal or clean water for Columbia River? That depends on
Right now, Oregon’s DEQ is leaning
towards dirty coal export instead of ensuring clean water in
the Columbia River. In fact, they have
already approved three permits for Ambre Energy’s proposed
Morrow Pacific coal export project.
Now the DEQ is attempting to draw a small box around the water
quality impacts of coal export, looking just at the construction
of the dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon.
The reality is that this project would involve hundreds of coal
trains and thousands of coal barges traveling down our beloved
Columbia River every year, which will pollute much more than
that small area. But the fight is far from over. We have a chance to
make our voices heard at an upcoming hearing.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is holding a
public hearing where they are looking for our input on this coal
Don't let Ambre
Energy win, RSVP to join us at this important public
hearing to speak out against Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific
WHO: YOU and your
WHAT: Public hearing on
Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific proposal
WHERE: Port of Morrow, 2
Marine Drive, Boardman, Oregon 97818 (map)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 12,
2014 6:00 – 9:00 PM, meet at 5:00 PM in the parking lot for a
pre-hearing tailgate with food and drinks!
If you have questions please contact me at
We are also
providing free rides over to the hearing. Sign up to hop
on our free charter bus from Portland and Hood River!
This important public hearing will
help decide the fate of the Morrow Pacific coal exports
needs a 401 Water Quality Certification in order to build
their dock at the Port of Morrow, and the DEQ has the power to
deny this permit.
DEQ won't do the right thing unless
we weigh in against the permits. It's time they stop
ignoring the risk coal export places on hundreds of miles of the
Columbia River, and deny the permit.
Join us at this
important public hearing and together we can stop coal
exports in the Pacific Northwest!
Thank you for all you do for the future of Oregon,
Oregon Beyond Coal Organizer
P.S. Please share this important event with your friends and
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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.
There are 18 slots left as of 9:30
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.
Oregon Beyond Coal
We believe that Oregonians should not
be footing the bill for dirty and dangerous fossil fuel
This even has happened.
Please send info on it for posting to Ed
News from an attender says that the proponents were
allowed to arrive early signed up for their testimoney at 11
am so they had an advantage in timing. And the testimony
started off with all of the elected people speaking in favor.
And the manager of the port of St. Helens piped in even if he
was not elected. ODOT HAD MP3s online from the first hearing
so the ones from this hearing may end up there as well.
Report was that
the last person who testified was a young man wearing a JOBS
sticker. He said that he had listened to all of the testimony
and decided that the jobs would not be good ones. He seemed to
be saying his mind was changed by what he heard.
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
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
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.
Transportation Commission's public hearing on proposed Connect
Oregon transportation funding
Thursday, July 17, 2014 time is now 1:30PM - 5 pm
NEW LOCATION: Salem Convention Center at 200
Commercial St SE
per person, please bring 10 copies of your
Interested in testifying: We need your
support in the room, so please come even if you don't plan to
drive or need a ride? Meet up at the Sierra Club
office at TBA time (likely 11:30 am), 1821 SE Ankeny Street
RSVP so we know you're coming and
remember to wear red!
Oregon Beyond Coal campaign
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.
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.
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.