Natural Gas Exports page May, 2013

This summer we expect Oregon LNG and the Williams Pipeline Company to file their applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site and construct a massive liquid natural gas export terminal (LNG) and over 200 miles of new pipelines in Oregon and Washington.

Williams’s Washington Expansion Project would deliver North American gas to the Oregon LNG pipeline and Oregon LNG export terminal. Much of this gas will likely be extracted by hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”).

At the terminal in Warrenton, Oregon LNG plans to supercool the gas into a liquid form and send the energy to high-priced Asian markets. FERC has twice approved LNG projects in Oregon, ignoring the concerns of local residents, state agencies, and other federal officials.

To prepare for FERC’s review process, Columbia Riverkeeper will be holding events in the early summer to educate communities that would be impacted by the Oregon LNG and Williams Pipeline projects.  The first of these events will be held in Longview, WA, on Monday, June 3rd at 6pm.  Click here for more workshop info.

—  Above content courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper

Megaload Action and Planning Meeting

Please join us Thursday, December 5 from 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM to learn more about the megaload shipments planned for Oregon and to start planning actions with us!

We will have an update from the actions in Umatilla over the weekend when the first megaload left the Port of Umatilla on Sunday. We will discuss the work of Portland Rising Tide, the tar sands and the next two megaload shipments planned for December and January and how you can get involved in taking action.

Invite your friends and join us! This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:45 PM – 8:30
12 NE 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232
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$ 150,000 in Bail Set for Those Arrested in Monday Blockade – We Need your Support!

The people arrested Monday night,blockading the tar sands megaload were arraigned on Wednesday, December 18, in the Justice Court of Grant County. Fourteen were charged with five misdemeanors, one with six and the minor arrested in the action was released Monday. Each person has had bail set at $ 10,000 for a total of $ 150,000. The arrests stem from the two blockades that were set up Monday night using two disabled vehicles to stop the controversial, 450-ton, 376-foot long tar sands megaload transported by Omega Morgan, which was delayed for several hours.

The action Monday was the sixth regional action against the Oregon megaloads in two weeks. The actions started when two were arrested successfully preventing the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla on December 1st. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla was arrested December 2nd trying to block the megaload. Office occupations and disruptions have taken place at Omega Morgan’s offices in Fife, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as the General Electric subsidiary that designed the machinery moving towards the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta.

 We need legal funds to support these folks, and to continue our work to stop these shipments from reaching the tar sands!  Please share this link and donate if you can!


Megaloads are shipments comprised of giant pieces of critical equipment presently bound for the Alberta tar sands in Canada. Stopping them is at the forefront of tar sands resistance in the Northwest.

Rising Tide has been planning further resistance all along the route and locally in Portland.  At the same time, members the Umatilla have been working within their community to galvanize resistance and take the lead in this struggle.  Nearly the entire Oregon leg of the proposed route cuts through the Umatilla tribe’s ancestral lands.

If you’d like to get involved in any way, whether locally or along the route, let us know by filling out  this form!

This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet. The next few weeks will be a perfect time to expand all of our activist skill sets, and we look forward to collaborating with you.

In Solidarity,

Portland Rising Tide


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Recent Actions

Sunday night, December 1  — Rising Tide joined with members of the Umatilla tribe and other regional climate activists to block the first of three Tarsands megaload shipments from leaving the Port of Umatilla in Eastern Oregon. Two people locked themselves to the truck as more than sixty others rallied nearby. The next night, Cathy Sampson-Kruse, a Umatilla tribeswoman and grandmother, was arrested as she sat bravely in front of the load, which moved only with the help of dozens of police officers. More here


Friday, December 13 —  employees at the Omega Morgan corporation were surprised to find a boisterous crowd of climate justice activists in their Hillsboro office challenging their role in tar sands extraction. The activists burst into a meeting with chants and banners, causing the meeting to disperse. One protestor then read a letter to employees of Omega Morgan demanding that they stop moving mega loads and cut ties to tar sands extraction. More here


Monday, December 17 — The Oregonian– Richard Read – JOHN DAY, Ore. — Police arrested 16 protesters late Monday as activists locked themselves to disabled vehicles in front of a tar-sands megaload near John Day, delaying the shipment’s passage.  More here

Vancouver Oil Terminal proposal on agenda for Oct. 28-29

Public meetings to vet the proposed 360K barrel-per-day  Vancouver Oil Terminal will be held on October 28 and 29 by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.  The oil terminal being pursued by the Savage and Tesoro corporations would be the largest on the west coast.  Tesoro is responsible for the October 10th pipeline failure which spewed more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field in North Dakota. This is the same oil from the Bakken shale fields that the company aims to ship through Vancouver.  The Port of Vancouver approved the project on July 28, 2013.

Although Tesoro and Savage are known to be developing the terminal for crude oil shipments, we believe that an expanded oil terminal could eventually be retrofitted to handle domestic movement of tar sands or even tar sands exports.

Oct. 8th Action!

On October 8th we’ll be at the State Land Boards meeting to provide a friendly reminder to key elected officials that it is past time for them to take this stand. If they don’t, they can’t really call themselves leaders. We’ll have a bus from Portland and carpools organized from Portland and Corvallis. The bus will have everyone back in Portland by around 12:30 PM. See below for details and please RSVP using the form.

Things are heating up in the climate movement and our region has a key role to play. Our communities are ready for action, we can’t afford to let any coal, oil or gas terminals to be built. Together we can stop them!

Portland Rising Tide


Location of the meeting in Salem:

Department of State Lands
775 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1279
10:00 a.m.

Portland Carpool and Bus Info: 8AM Departure
Hollywood Trader Joe’s
4121 NE Halsey St Portland, OR

Corvallis Carpool Info: 8:45AM Departure
NW 1st and NW Tyler, Corvallis, OR
Parking area behind the Super 8 hotel

Columbia County Commission Hearing to Consider Port Westward Rezoning

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 (6:30PM) — This is the follow-up hearing to the September 18, 2013 hearing where over 100 people attended in opposition to the rezoning yet none were allowed to speak. The applicant, county staff, and proponents were given priority and the hearing ended before any opponents spoke! At this October 3rd hearing opponents will speak first.

In June, the Columbia County Planning Commission stood up for local farmers and county residents by recommending denial of a 1,000-acre rezone at Port Westward. The rezone would destroy 1,000 acres of farmland and pave the way for coal and oil exports. Now, the Columbia County Commissioners will make the final decision.

Urge the Commissioners to protect farmland and deny the industrial rezone at this October 3rd public meeting.


WHERE: Clatskanie High School

WHEN: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 (6:30PM)

TESTIFY: Public testimony is allowed. Opponents will speak first at this hearing! Please testify or submit written comments.

Please wear red to the hearing to show your opposition to the rezone at Port Westward.

More from Columbia Riverkeeper here

Cambio Climatico

Participa con el proyecto comunitario sobre el clima


La organización Rising Tide (Marea Creciente) de Portland está trabajando con dos otros grupos colectivos locales para hablar con personas en nuestras comunidades en cuanto al cambio climático y sobre las acciones que podemos tomar. Hay tres maneras de participar:


Estamos armando grupos de educación popular sobre el cambio climático y las acciones que podemos tomar para enfrentarlo. Si a ti te interesa la oportunidad de participar en un grupo de educación popular con sus vecinos para saber más de estos temas, por favor llena este formulario y nos pondremos en contacto contigo:


También creemos que es importante entrar en acción. Sí importan nuestras decisiones de consumo, pero no lo suficiente como para hacer frente al cambio climático. Creemos que nuestras acciones deben incluir la de trabajar en conjunto para crear un cambio. El grupo Rising Tide (Marea Creciente) de Portland organiza acciones sobre el cambio climático y para oponerse al desarrollo de nuevas infraestructuras de combustibles fósiles, como el caso de los terminales en nuestra región. Si te interesa saber más acerca de maneras de participar en la acción sobre el cambio climático, por favor llena este formulario y nos pondremos en contacto contigo:


Por último, creemos que es importante prepararse para las crisis que el cambio climático puede traer. De esta manera podemos ayudarnos unos a otros cuando los desastres ocurran y también construir los movimientos políticos necesarios para hacer frente al cambio climático. Si te interesa saber más sobre los esfuerzos de preparación y respuesta a los desastres climáticos, por favor llena esta formulario y nos pondremos en contacto contigo:


Climate Canvass Opportunities

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Portland Rising Tide is working with the Parasol Climate Collective and Hella 503 to talk with people in our communities about climate change and taking action. As part of this effort there are three ways to get involved.

Come canvass! The next canvass will be on Saturday the 24th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please meet at the NE corner of Northgate Park near the intersection of N. Clarendon Ave. and N. Fessenden St. You can RSVP or invite your friends on Facebook.

We are holding study groups about climate change and actions we can take. If you are interested in hearing about opportunities to engage in a study group with your neighbors to learn more about these issues please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch:

We also believe that taking action is important. Personal, consumer choices are important but not enough to address climate change. We believe our actions need to include working together to create change. Portland Rising Tide organizes actions about climate change and to oppose the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure like the terminals. If you are interested in hearing about ways to participate in action about climate change please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch:

Lastly, we believe that it is important to prepare for the crises that climate change may bring. In this way we can help each other out when disasters strike and also build the political movements needed to address climate change. If you are interested in hearing about climate disaster preparedness and response efforts please fill out this forma and we’ll be in touch:



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Public Comment Period for Longview Coal Export Terminal Begins August 19th

The US Army Corps of Engineers,  Cowlitz County, and the WA Department of Ecology are asking for public comments regarding what should be considered in the environmental review of  the Longview coal terminal proposed by Alcoa, Ambre Energy and Arch Coal.

The Millennium Bulk coal terminal would be built along the Columbia River in Cowlitz county, with the capacity to export 44 million tons of Powder River Basin coal each year. It’s the second largest coal export terminal proposed for Washington.

The coal would arrive by train and then be loaded onto ships bound for the Asian market.

The public can submit comments online or by mail and email any time between August 16th and November 18th.

More information can be found on the ECY and Rising Tide websites. OPB and Daily Astorian article here.

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Climate Action on the Columbia!

Saturday we drew the line. On July 27th, some 800 people came together from across the region including Vancouver (WA), the Tri-Cities, Astoria, Eugene, Bellingham, Vancouver (BC), Seattle, Portland and Hood River to demonstrate our unity in opposition to the oil, coal and gas terminals proposed throughout the Northwest and our commitment to take action such that none shall pass through our region.

Hundreds attended workshops in the morning and we heard from speakers organizing against coal, oil and gas terminals in Portland, Vancouver (WA), Bellingham, Vancouver (BC) and the lower Columbia estuary. Then hundreds took the to water and the bridge to create a symbolic blockade of the river and to demonstrate our readiness to prevent these terminals from being constructed. In a surprise addition to the action a huge banner was dropped reading “Coal, Oil, Gas / None Shall Pass”.

We gathered on the Columbia because our communities and our climate cannot afford any expansion in polluting fossil fuel infrastructure. We took action Saturday because we know it is our moral responsibility to take a stand and halt projects that aim to turn the Pacific Northwest into a dirty fossil fuel corridor. Our region is poised to play a pivotal role with projects that would allow the burning of enough fossil fuels to have three times the impact as the Keystone XL pipeline. And if we stop these terminals that means they can’t ship it. And if they can’t ship it, they can’t sell it. And that means it stays in the ground.

Saturday was just a beginning. We symbolically blockaded the river to demonstrate our willingness to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience and direct action to prevent these terminals from being constructed should they move forward anywhere in our region. I hope you feel like Jeanne Poirer, from Cashmere, Washington who stated to the Oregonian, “I’ll be back for the real thing”.

If you are interested in learning more about participating in nonviolent civil disobedience and direct action please let us know by filling our this short form:

It was inspiring to be with all of you who were present on Saturday. We could also feel the presence of the thousands of you who weren’t able to join us. We are mobilized and united as a region against these fossil fuel terminals. We are committed to taking action to address the climate crisis. Together we can stop them!

Media and write-ups about Saturday:




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