Fires are devastating communities across the West. Our hearts go out to people and communities experiencing the most profound losses from wildfires. Here are a few resources if you are looking for a way to help.
Our latest lawsuit challenges the Trump administration’s gift to the fossil fuel industry. The Trump administration's so-called Clean Water Act 401 rules would force states and tribes to accept damaging and unwanted pipelines and other fossil fuel developments. We’re honored to join the Suquamish Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council, and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, to challenge a rule that guts clean water protections.
In a big victory for community members in Longview, WA, a proposed petrochemical refinery abandoned a project that would have threatened people’s health, safety, and our climate. Another fossil fuel project defeated on the Columbia River.
The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) recently released by the Washington Dept. of Ecology (Ecology) confirms that the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol would be a major greenhouse gas emitter, and it would lock us into decades of harmful pollution. We are calling on Ecology to do the right thing and deny this dangerous proposal.
A Columbia Riverkeeper investigation uncovered that staff for Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council quietly approved the start of phased construction on Perennial Wind Chaser Station—a gas-fired power plant near Umatilla, OR. This approval is directly contrary to the terms of Perennial’s site certificate and appears designed to help the facility avoid the Council’s recently increased climate pollution fees.
Demanding Oregon Take a Second Look at Oil-by-Rail
Last June, the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) rushed to approve an air pollution permit for Global Partners’ oil train terminal in Clatskanie, OR, over objections from 1,200 Columbia Riverkeeper members and supporters. But we’re not giving up—on August 28, we filed a legal petition urging DEQ to reconsider its decision to allow up to two oil trains per day to travel through Portland, Vancouver, and Columbia County communities.
Tomorrow, September 17, 1 p.m - 5 p.m.: Virtual Public Hearing for Kalama Methanol Refinery. Learn more and register. If you miss it, you can also register for and attend the public hearings on September 22 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Get Ready for #GiveMore24! on September 24th! This 24-hour day of giving, powered by Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, amplifies the work of our local nonprofits by tapping the generosity of our greater community. Support Columbia Riverkeeper’s campaign and protect clean water and healthy salmon!
Webinar Recap: Dirk Dunning, a retired chemical engineer and a nuclear specialist from the Oregon Dept. of Energy and Amrutham Babu, outreach manager for Hanford Challenge take a harrowing look at one of the most high-risk facilities at the Hanford Nuclear Site: the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). Watch: Why Scientists Fear a Chernobyl-like Catastrophe at Hanford.
Stand in Solidarity with Tribal Nations! Join Yakama Nation in opposing Rye Development's Goldendale pumped storage development, proposed near John Day Dam in Washington state. Sign our petition and read our Q & A about all of the controversial development, including its impacts to cultural resources, wildlife, and clean water.
Stop Massive Climate Polluter! Comments due October 2, 2020. Join us opposing the world’s largest proposed fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery and support a robust climate analysis for this proposed mega-polluter in Washington.
Clean up Bradford Island! The popular fishing area contains some of the most toxic resident fish in the Pacific Northwest. Join Yakama Nation, Oregon, and Washington to demand that the EPA clean up Bradford Island and add it to the Superfund list.
Stand Up for Hanford Cleanup.Comments due September 30, 2020. Join us in supporting the Washington Dept. of Ecology for adding the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility to Hanford’s site-wide permit, requiring the U.S. Dept. of Energy to create a legally enforceable closure plan.
Newsstand: Highlighting Columbia Riverkeeper in the News and Intersectional Issues We Care About