Sponsored by Climate Action Coalition of Portland: Portland Rising Tide, Raging Grannies, 350PDX, Unitarian Universalist Community for Earth, NoKXL, PDX Bike Swarm
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.
Wear RED armbands!
Bring signs and banners!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: