Port of Morrow Coal Proposal On the Ropes In 2015

Will the Port of Morrow be the Fourth Coal Terminal to Go Down?

Ambre Energy’s Port of Morrow proposal faced a bleak future even before March 19, the day the Oregon Transportation Commission denied $2M in grant funding through ConnectOregon.

In August 2014, the Department of State Lands rejected the removal-fill permit for the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. DSL director Mary Abrams said her agency weighed numerous factors before making the decision, including public comments, economic and social impacts of the project, and whether the project meets state requirements for protecting water resources, navigation, fishing and public recreation. Both Ambre and the Port of Morrow have appealed the decision.

In September 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers delivered another blow to the beleaguered coal terminal, announcing it had “placed a hold” in its review of an application to construct a barge-loading terminal at Coyote Island.  The Army Corps said it paused its review process in light of DSL’s rejection of Ambre’s application to install pilings for the project.

In March 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission voted 3-1 to reject funding for a controversial $2 million ConnectOregon project to fund dock improvements for a proposed coal export facility at Port Westward. This was the second time OTC rejected the grant.

Additionally, coal loading operations at Port Westward– necessary to the Port of Morrow project– hinge on yet-to-be granted authorization from the Oregon Department of State Lands.

The following summarizes the size and scope of the proposed project.  Information below was sourced from Earthfix, June, 2012:

Morrow Pacific: Ports of Morrow and St. Helens, OR (aka Boardman)

This two-port plan would bring coal by rail to the Port of Morrow in Boardman, OR. There it would be transferred by barge, delivered to Port Westward and loaded onto ships headed for Asia. Both terminals along the Columbia would encroach upon sensitive salmon habitat.  In particular, the terminal at Port Westward could stack huge barges in Bradburry Slough, a prime salmon spawning area that the State of Oregon has spent millions of dollars to restore. This proposal if approved would double barge traffic in the river at full build up, impeding the transportation of other commodities, tribal and commercial fishing, as well as recreational fishing, boating and parasailing.

Air quality, water quality, and construction stormwater permits were approved in February, 2014 by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.2

Players: Ambre Energy North America & Pacific Transloading

Full Capacity: To be reached by 2016

Export Plans: 8.8 million short tons/year

Trains: 22 trains/week (11 full and 11 empty)

Trains Cars: 1,459/week

Barges: 12 tows/week

Vessels: 128/year  

 

STOP THE PDX PROPANE TERMINAL! Hearing & Rally– Tues, April 7, 2pm

Sponsored by Climate Action Coalition of Portland: Portland Rising Tide, Raging Grannies, 350PDX, Unitarian Universalist Community for Earth, NoKXL, PDX Bike Swarm

propane site

Portland was recently awarded the title of “climate champion” by the White House. Yet now a corporation with roots in the Canadian tar sands, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, wants to bring explosive liquid propane by rail to Portland for export from our ports on the Columbia River.

Step One for Pembina is securing an environmental code amendment from the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). This code amendment is presently being drafted by the PSC.  The PSC hearing will be the second chance to testify in opposition to exporting carbon pollution– at the first hearing on January 13, the PSC tabled the decision until April 7th.  If the PSC recommends denial of the code amendment the the project is dead! If they aren’t swayed by a room of concerned folks speaking out against exporting carbon pollution and they recommend approval, the issue will go to to the City Council for a vote.

Rally/Hearing on TUESDAY, April 7, 2015, 2pm

1900 SW 4th Ave. in downtown Portland, OR.

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Wear RED armbands!
Bring signs and banners!
Testify!

Show your support in the Hearing Room.

Be present whether you want to testify or not.

To testify in absentia:

The Climate Action Coalition and Portland Rising Tide will be posting Talking Points here soon.

If you are unable to attend in person, submit your testimony in writing by 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, by email to: psc@portlandoregon.gov  or by mail to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, ATTN- PSC, Portland, OR 97201.  

To testify in person, sign up to testify at 12 Noon (tentative time), April 7, at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing at 1900 SW 4thAve, Ste 2500A.

Be sure to bring 12 PRINTED copies of your testimony with you as well.

Keep your oral comments brief—no more than 2-3 minutes per person, depending on turnout.

Testimony time TBD

Tips on testimony available here.    For more background information, visit this site.

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The daily climate impact of this propane once burned is equivalent to the daily emissions from 760,000 passenger vehicles or 1.5 times the number of such vehicles registered in Multnomah County in 2013. The propane is likely to be sourced from “fracked” gas and Alberta’s tar sands, one of the bleakest scenes of man-made destruction, and the target of international protests due to the impact tar sands extraction is having on First Nations peoples and the environment. The world’s most prominent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, has called full exploitation of the tar sands “game over” for the planet, given that existing conventional oil and gas is likely to continue to be burned as well. Fracking has been banned in several states due to its serious health and environmental impacts.

More information can be found in Denis C. Theriault’s December 17 Portland Mercury Blog here:

Environmental Advocates Seize on Zoning Change in Bid to Squash Propane Terminal

 

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Portland Breakin’ Up with Fossil Fuels – City Hall Party, 2/13– Pembina Propane Export Opposed; Divestment from Fossil Fuels Demanded

IMG_0929On World Environment Day in 2013, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales declared, “The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool, and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel.” Unfortunately a year-and-a-half has passed and the resolution has yet to come before City Council. In the meantime, the city purchased $20,000,000 in ExxonMobil bonds and is actively re-writing its own Environmental Conservation Habitat codes to accommodate a dangerous propane export terminal at the Port of Portland.

 This relationship has gone on too long. It’s time for Portland to break up with fossil fuels.

Rising Tide and 350PDX celebrated the “break up” in style.  We partied with music, flowers, and candies, and a special guest appearance by the Raging Grannies! Personalized break-up letters were sent directly to Charlie and our photo petition garnered dozens of supporters.

STOP PROPANE Temp Page 1/25/15

STOP THE PDX PROPANE TERMINAL!  Hearing & Rally, Tues, March 17

Sponsored by Climate Action Coalition of Portland: Portland Rising Tide, Raging Grannies, 350PDX, Unitarian Universalist Community for Earth, NoKXL, PDX Bike Swarm

propane site

Portland was recently awarded the title of “climate champion” by the White House. Yet now a corporation with roots in the Canadian tar sands, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, wants to bring explosive liquid propane by rail to Portland for export from our ports on the Columbia River.

Step One for Pembina is securing an environmental code amendment from the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). This code amendment is presently being drafted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  The PSC meeting will be the second chance to testify in opposition to exporting carbon pollution– at the first hearing on January 13, the PSC tabled the decision until March 17th.  If the PSC recommends denial of the code amendment the the project is dead! If they aren’t swayed by a room of concerned folks speaking out against exporting carbon pollution and they recommend approval, the issue will go to to the City Council for a vote.

Rally/Hearing on TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (Time TBD)

1900 SW 4th Ave. in downtown Portland, OR.

 

Wear RED armbands!
Bring signs and banners!
Testify!

Show your support in the Hearing Room.

Be present whether you want to testify or not.

To testify in absentia: If you are unable to attend in person, submit your testimony in writing by 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015, by email to: psc@portlandoregon.gov . Alternatively, submit it by mail arriving by 5 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015, to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, ATTN- PSC, Portland, OR 97201.  

To testify in person, sign up to testify at 12:00 Noon, March 17, at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing at 1900 SW 4thAve, Ste 2500A.

Be sure to bring 12 PRINTED copies of your testimony with you on Jan. 13th as well.

Keep your oral comments brief—no more than 2-3 minutes per person, depending on turnout.

Testimony time TBD

Tips on testimony available here.    For more background information, visit this site.

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The daily climate impact of this propane once burned is equivalent to the daily emissions from 760,000 passenger vehicles or 1.5 times the number of such vehicles registered in Multnomah County in 2013. The propane is likely to be sourced from “fracked” gas and Alberta’s tar sands, one of the bleakest scenes of man-made destruction, and the target of international protests due to the impact tar sands extraction is having on First Nations peoples and the environment. The world’s most prominent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, has called full exploitation of the tar sands “game over” for the planet, given that existing conventional oil and gas is likely to continue to be burned as well. Fracking has been banned in several states due to its serious health and environmental impacts.

More information can be found in Denis C. Theriault’s December 17 Portland Mercury Blog here:

Environmental Advocates Seize on Zoning Change in Bid to Squash Propane Terminal

 

OFTC– Stop Fast Track and the TPP, Weds, February 18th

The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign and allies are planning actions at the offices of Senator Wyden  and Reps. Bonamici, Blumenauer, Schrader on Wednesday, February 18th. Local and national partners from labor, environmental, public health and human rights movements will participate in rallies, press events and briefings to vote down Fast Track legislation and pursue responsible alternatives. Meet 9am and jump on the bus at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock. Contact Elizabeth Swager for more information.

Tell President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline NOW– Tues, 1/13, 7p, Terry Schrunk Plaza

On January 8th, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the case to stop the KeystoneXL pipeline.  This is NOT the final decision on KXL; it does, however, place President Obama in the the forefront of the decision-making.

Rainforest Action Network, 350.org, and the Sierra Club are calling for public assemblies and vigils throughout the U.S.
This is not a civil disobedient event, but a national-wide expression of pipeline opposition.
Please join us in telling President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline NOW.

January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Terry Schrunk Plaza
1200 SW 3rd Ave, @ SW Madison
Portland, OR 97204
Info:
503-705-1943
 
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Rainforest Action Network’s statement here: http://bit.ly/1xQsDBT

STOP THE PDX PROPANE TERMINAL! Hearing & Rally, Tues, 1/13, 1:30pm

Sponsored by Climate Action Coalition of Portland: Portland Rising Tide, Raging Grannies, 350PDX, Unitarian Universalist Community for Earth, NoKXL, PDX Bike Swarm

propane site

Portland was recently awarded the title of “climate champion” by the White House. Yet now a corporation with roots in the Canadian tar sands, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, wants to bring explosive liquid propane by rail to Portland for export from our ports on the Columbia River.

Step One for Pembina is securing an environmental code amendment from the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). This code amendment is presently being drafted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  The PSC meeting will be the first chance to testify in opposition to exporting carbon pollution.  If the PSC recommends denial of the code amendment the the project is dead! If they aren’t swayed by a room of concerned folks speaking out against exporting carbon pollution and they recommend approval, the issue will go to to the City Council for a vote.

Rally/Hearing on TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
Rally starts at 1:30 PM at 1900 SW 4th Ave. in downtown Portland, OR.
Wear RED armbands!
Bring signs and banners!
Testify!

Show your support in the Hearing Room.

Be present whether you want to testify or not.

To testify in absentia: If you are unable to attend in person, submit your testimony in writing by 5 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015, by email to: psc@portlandoregon.gov . Alternatively, submit it by mail arriving by 5 pm on Monday, January 12, 2015, to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, ATTN- PSC, Portland, OR 97201.  

To testify in person, sign up to testify at 12:00 Noon, Jan. 13, at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing at 1900 SW 4thAve, Ste 2500A.

Be sure to bring 12 PRINTED copies of your testimony with you on Jan. 13th as well.

Keep your oral comments brief—no more than 2-3 minutes per person, depending on turnout.

Testimony begins at 12:30 PM. Ends: ??

Tips on testimony available here.    For more background information, visit this site.

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The daily climate impact of this propane once burned is equivalent to the daily emissions from 760,000 passenger vehicles or 1.5 times the number of such vehicles registered in Multnomah County in 2013. The propane is likely to be sourced from “fracked” gas and Alberta’s tar sands, one of the bleakest scenes of man-made destruction, and the target of international protests due to the impact tar sands extraction is having on First Nations peoples and the environment. The world’s most prominent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, has called full exploitation of the tar sands “game over” for the planet, given that existing conventional oil and gas is likely to continue to be burned as well. Fracking has been banned in several states due to its serious health and environmental impacts.

More information can be found in Denis C. Theriault’s December 17 Portland Mercury Blog here:

Environmental Advocates Seize on Zoning Change in Bid to Squash Propane Terminal

 

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Portland Rising Tide delivers Restraining Order to Kinder Morgan in Solidarity With Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline Protestors on Burnaby Mountain, BC.  

Vancouver, WA — A group of activists with Portland Rising Tide interrupted business as usual on Monday afternoon at the Vancouver office of Kinder Morgan to deliver a ‘People’s Restraining Order’ against the company’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in British Columbia.

WA: Climate Change Activists Target Kinder Morgan Over TMPL ExpansionA representative from Kinder Morgan’s office tried to prevent protesters from entering the office by blocking the door. He refused to receive the ‘People’s Restraining Order,’ calling the peaceful gathering a major disruption.

The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands, and would travel through un-ceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Selilwitulh territories in British Columbia. The Trans Mountain expansion has faced serious opposition from local residents and first nations people in Burnaby Mountain, with over 100 people arrested since early September.  On December 1st, the Burnaby community celebrated when the court ruled that Kinder Morgan could not continue to block protesters from entering the proposed expansion site where the company had been surveying and performing geotechnical drills. Kinder Morgan has plans to continue construction of the pipeline and intends to go to the Canadian National Energy Board in early 2015 to present its case for the approval of the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline.

Rising Tide is an international group with chapters in Portland and Vancouver that works to address the root causes of climate change. Portland Rising Tide opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to its ultimate role in extracting Alberta tar sands, facilitating what many have called the most destructive industrial project on Earth.

According to Portland Rising Tide organizer, Meredith Cocks, “We are here to show Kinder Morgan that we stand in solidarity with the Burnaby residents and first nations people resisting this project. In light of the climate negotiations in Peru, continuing to allow expansion of tar sands extraction, and fossil fuel infrastructure in general, is fundamentally a disastrous route to take.”

 

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Black Lives Matter: Anger and protests continue

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On Tuesday, November 25, the day after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, Ferguson residents focused on cleaning up from a night that involved both peaceful protests as well as smashed windows, stolen goods and burned buildings.  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered additional National Guard troops into the city.  As Ferguson smoldered, massive actions continued daily in cities across the nation with thousands of participants and hundreds more arrests by all accounts.  In the next wave, activists took aim at Black Friday, turning out at top retail outlets to express outrage against a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed teen. 

On Monday, December 1, thousands of people took part in Hands Up Walk Out actions as participants left their jobs and classes across the country.   This protest took place at 12:01 p.m. Central time — the time Brown was killed on August 9 — with events planned in more than 30 cities in the U.S. and abroad, according to activists.

On Saturday night in Portland, Oregon at least 400 attended the rally dubbed DON’T SHOOT PORTLAND, reports rt.com.  The event was created on Facebook under the hashtag #DontShootPDX.  Portland Police met the peaceful protests with flash grenades and arrests of at least ten activists.  Saturday night’s march marked nearly a week of demonstrations, in Portland and across the nation. Monday, December 1st, was the seventh day after the decision, and #DontShootPDX was at it again on in front of Portland City Hall…more soon.

An emerging issue that has exacerbated police violence targeting communities of color is the increasing militarization of US state and local police.  And despite the US Government’s proclivity for tracking statistics of every type, there is still no reliable national registry of police shootings or victims.  The Department of Justice  Arrest-related Deaths  database includes only self-reported information from about 750 law enforcement agencies. Portland police shootings have been tracked by  Portland Cop Watch.

Demands for police accountability will continue to grow across the country.  Portland Rising Tide will continue to support non-violent direct action for racial justice and against state violence. We believe that the struggle for social justice is inextricably linked to the fight for environmental justice. We believe that capitalism, racism and patriarchy are among the root causes of social and environmental degradation.

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Rising Tide North America’s statement of solidarity with Ferguson can be read  here.

 

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Burnaby Mountain battle: notes from the courts, the woods and 100 arrests

Mychaylo Prystupa — The Vancouver BC ObserverThe Tar Sands Reporting Project — November 30, 2014

sunday_burnaby_mountain_kinder_morgan_protest_rcmp_clashes_-_mychaylo_prystupa_-_2014-11-23_18.01.52-4_w3000_0Kinder Morgan removed its drill equipment this weekend, after several momentous weeks culminating in more than 100 arrests on Burnaby Mountain.  The stories, photos, videos and emotions were incredible.  The following is some of our reporters’ notes from the field – from the courtroom to the conservation forest – where the dramas around the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal unfolded.

Our news team started seeing matters “heat up” on Burnaby Mountain in early September.  That’s when Kinder Morgan began cutting down 13 trees (the number is disputed) in the city’s conservation park on the mountain.  But its authority to do so was in question.  Burnaby’s Mayor Derek Corrigan expressly forbade the company from cutting down the trees, and said doing so was in violation of municipal bylaws.  It then began legal manouvres to try and stop the company.

Ostensibly, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, known locally as Trans Mountain (after the name of its pipeline), was seeking to do borehole testing, to see if the mountain’s geology could handle the last leg of the company’s hoped for Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline expansion.  Kinder Morgan is the largest pipeline company in America, and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Canada is the company’s most important project on the continent, a chief executive told investors recently.

If the export pipeline is approved by the NEB and the Harper cabinet next year, construction would begin in 2016, requiring approximately 4,500 workers for it to be built.

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More coverage from the Vancouver Observer on the battle for Burnaby Mountain can be found here. This article is the most recent installment from  The Tar Sands Reporting Project.

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Alberta Energy Regulator maps and information can be found here.

 

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