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Comment on the Portland Fossil Fuel Policy - Come to Rally!
From the open publishing newswire: The City of Portland is taking the national lead on climate policy and protecting the health and safety of its residents. This groundbreaking policy will prohibit new large-scale fossil fuel projects in Portland will be voted on by City Council on November 4th!
City Council will be voting on 2 resolutions on Wednesday. One, the Fossil Fuel Policy and the 2nd, a resolution opposing oil trains.
The rally starts Wednesday the 4th at 1:15 outside City Hall - 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The hearing starts at 2:30.
Video: Baldock 1.75-megawatt Solar Station - Wilsonville Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Baldock Solar Highway Project - In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online — the nation's largest solar highway project!
With farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.
Anything for 3/11\?
From the open publishing newswire: Know of anything planned to celebrate 4 full years of Fukushima\?
NO NUKES - meet @ Pioneer Square @ Noon
Earth Lover: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429330.shtml#441769
3.11.15 @ 12-noon
"Meet at Pioneer Square at Noon to remember all who have died from Fukushima's ongoing radiation releases, from the people of Japan to the ocean animals and plant life, to the people across the world to those of us here on the West Coast who are being sickened and killed by radiation from Fukushima.
People should bring poster size photos and puppetry of ocean and river friends. Please bring the kids. Drummers welcome! To those who have gas masks, bring those. [...]
Related Video Post from the event: Video: Remembering Fukushima
Video and Photographs: Portland People's Climate Rally
From the open publishing newswire: Native American elder speaks at the beginning of the Portland People's Climate Rally [and] addresses the crowd accompanied by Steve Lane on flute. Following her remarks she sings a song for Mother Earth.
LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers
From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.
Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."
Crude oil terminal on the Willamette?!? URGENT.
From the open publishing newswire: "The Arc Logistics website lists the Portland site among its terminals and describes it as "capable of receiving, storing, and delivering heavy and light petroleum products," by both rail lines and marine vessels"
""The hope would be that short of unforeseen accidents they wouldn't be a concern for the river," "
Yep - that "unforeseen accidents" thing - like spills, de-railed train fires, leaks, explosions...who could have guessed any of that stuff would happen? [...]
From the open publishing newswire: Group forming to deal with the issue of nuclear radiation in Portland.
Portland is radioactive, especially when it rains. Using a geiger counter, I've measured radioactive contamination in rainwater 10 times over normal background levels. Nuclear radiation is accumulating over time from decades of industrial and military activity. Some of it comes from Hanford 200 miles up the Columbia River, and some of it has found its way here from Fukushima. We're forming a group called Radioactive Portland to respond. We'll conduct monitoring, share knowledge and take direct action. We'll meet weekly. Visit http://radioactivepdx.org and join the discussion.
350PDX Action Team Meeting [last] Saturday!
From the open publishing newswire: Join the 350PDX Action Team this Saturday, August 24, from 3:00-4:30 to learn what opportunities lie ahead for taking action to fight climate change. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-0705-1943 for location.
One major local project going on right now is getting people to participate in the Longview Coal Terminal Scoping Process. "Scoping" is the term used to describe the thorough investigation of an industrial project examining its safety, social, health, and environmental impacts. Here is a short list of projects & events that are on the table for discussion at Saturday's meeting:
Preparation for the September 17th Longview hearing: NOW through 9/17
Comment-writing workshop: Sept 7
Longview scoping hearing: Sept 17
Kathleen Dean Moore talk/workshops: Sept 21
350.org's KXL action: "Draw The Line": Sept 21
Longview scoping hearing in Vancouver, WA: Oct. 9
Even if you can't make it to the meeting this Saturday, feel free to contact 350PDX anyway through email or phone to find out how you can get involved in current and upcoming projects.
Contact: goto350pdx [at] gmail.com
Actions to Fight Pipelines and Fracking Taking Place All over US. . . Including Portland!
From the open publishing newswire: On Thursday August 22, 2013, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Portland Rising Tide is hosting an orientation at Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective at 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon for people to learn more about the group's work and how they can get involved. There will be a discussion of the onslaught of fossil fuel export terminals proposed in the Cascadia region. Presenters will also talk about the work of Rising Tide to oppose these terminals; climate justice and direct action; and how people can plug-in as organizers and participants. - Portland Rising Tide Orientation event page
On Saturday August 24, 2013, from 10:00-3:00 pm, Hella 503 Collective, the Parasol Climate Collective, and Portland Rising Tide are organizing at the NE corner of Northgate Park in Portland, near the intersection of N. Clarendon Ave. and N. Fessenden St., to go door-to-door to talk to St. John's residents about climate change. Canvassers will be provided with a script and a short training, and will specifically be talking to residents about the fossil fuel export terminals that are already impacting St. John's. - Portland Rising Tide Climate Canvass event page
Earth First! Nationwide Call-Outs for Activists to Stop Fracking and Tar Sands Pipelines
From last year's Earth First! Rendezvous, the idea of the Full Time Direct Action (FTDA) Pledge sprang. The result was a list of people who expressed the desire to be contacted when crucial campaigns were in need of support at critical times. The call-outs featured in this article are modified from an email sent out to EF! activists nationwide regarding organizing efforts currently ongoing. If you can plug into these campaigns in Pennsylvania and Indiana over the next few weeks with skills, supplies, time, energy, funds, etc, it could be pivotal for the growth of these movements.
Related Articles: East Texas Activists Trying to Stop KXL Pipeline Cherry-Picked from Trees and Arrested | Beyond Keystone XL: Three Controversial Pipelines You Probably Haven't Heard Of | Obama Administration Rushes To Expand Fracking On Public Lands | Dramatic rise in methane levels since end July 2013
Upcoming Climate Week Events
From the open publishing newswire: To kick things off, at 7:00pm this evening (Monday) is the Port of Vancouver Public Hearing at the Port of Vancouver administrative building, 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660.
On Tuesday 7/23, community members have the opportunity to further educate themselves on environmental issues at the Fossil Fuel Export Forum from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Leaven Community Center at 5431 NE 20th Ave. (X Killingsworth) in Portland.
KBOO Community Radio 90.7 will be featuring Climate Updates on Wednesday 7/24, from 11:00am-noon during the program Recovery Zone. The program will inform listeners about various issues pertaining to the environment, including: planned NW fossil fuel terminals
On Thursday 7/25 at 5:30pm will be the Funeral March to Bury Big Oil, until Big Oil and Keystone are laid to rest at 7:30pm. The march begins at the intersection of NE 30th Ave & NE Alberta, Portland 97211. Portland's LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band will lead the parade, and anti-Keystone XL signs as well as endangered species puppets will be making appearances.
Saturday 7/27 is Summer Heat NW- Columbia River Climate Action. As Big Coal, Oil, and Gas aim to transform the NW coastline from Oregon up to Alaska into a vast fossil fuel corridor with over 15 proposed terminals, folks will come together on this day for some family-friendly action
Action Against Extraction - Eugene [Sunday] 3/3/13
From the open publishing newswire: Two weekends at the end of the Social Justice, Real Justice Conference, over two hundred people marched through the streets of Eugene, demanding extractive industries and their financiers be held accountable for their crimes against the earth and its people. We know its going to take sustained, wide spread disruption of the status quo in order to win.
So this coming weekend 1 PM on Sunday 3/3 in conjunction with the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) we are taking to the streets once again. Meet at the amphitheater in front of the Erb memorial union at the university of Oregon.
Please bring your banners, posters, voices, and fighting spirit. This is an unpermitted march.
Speak Out Against the Morrow Coal Terminal
From the open publishing newswire: Last week, after receiving thousands of public comments from CREDO activists in Oregon, the Department of State Lands delayed its permitting decision on the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal from December until at least April Â— specifically mentioning the unprecedented number of comments it had received on the application.
But while the Department of State Lands has delayed its decision, other permitting decisions continue moving forward Â— and we need to maintain unrelenting pressure to oppose them.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now considering separate air and water pollution permits the project needs to move forward. The DEQ is holding three important public hearings next week on these permits, including one in Portland.
What: Public hearing on the Morrow Pacific coal terminal
When: Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Ambridge Event Center, 1333 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland
RSVP to testify against coal exports on Thursday in Portland.
It's vital that as many Oregonians as possible take the opportunity to testify against coal exports, and we'll send you talking points and other information to make the experience easy. But even if you don't want to testify, you can still attend Thursday's hearing to show your opposition.
If the project receives all of the permits it needs, Portland would become a big contributor to climate change and a significant link in the global dirty-energy supply chain. Coal would be shipped by rail from Montana or Wyoming to Oregon, then loaded onto barges and sent down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens Â— before being shipped to South Korea. [...]
Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free
From the open publishing newswire: Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free author: Alex Milan Tracy e-mail: email@example.com No Nukes NW rallied for a new ordinance which would make Portland a nuclear free zone. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has endorsed the continued transportation of radioactive waste along Oregon's highways I-5, I-84 and US-97 to the Hanford site. Portland, OR, USA, 09/23/2012.