Oregon

Approval of gas terminal draws several appeals

1/20/2010
Opponents say federal regulators who OK’d the project failed to adequately consider the impacts

Federal regulators received a bevy of challenges Tuesday to last month’s approval of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos County and 234-mile pipeline to California.

The state of Oregon, a coalition of local and environmental groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service and one of the project’s developers all filed appeals of the decision.

Oregon, others lead way on auto emission rules

4/02/2010

Pushed by Oregon, California and a dozen other states, the federal government set tough new national tailpipe emission standards Thursday for passenger cars and trucks.

By 2016, automakers are required to achieve a fleet average of 35.5 miles a gallon, which is about 10 mpg higher than current regulations allow.

The new rules essentially duplicate the tailpipe standards that Oregon, California and the other states had been trying to get federal permission to enforce since the mid-2000s.

EPA Allows States to Enforce Stricter GHG Tailpipe Emissions Limits

A hard-fought victory for Environmental Groups

In a critical step to combat global warming, the U.S. EPA today granted to California a long-delayed waiver for California's greenhouse gas reduction law for new vehicles.  Today’s action reverses President Bush’s denials of the waiver request in 2007 and 2008.

Conservationists’ Win Upheld in Nat’l Cotton Council v. EPA

8/03/2009
6th Circuit denies pesticide industry’s request for rehearing

The 6th Circuit today issued an order denying the pesticide industry’s petition for rehearing in National Cotton Council v. EPA, No. 06-4630. The order effectively upholds the Court’s earlier finding that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides constitute pollutants under the Clean Water Act.

Salmon Advocates Go to Court to Keep WOPR Dead (press release)

10/06/2009
And support Obama Administration’s efforts to develop a new plan that safeguards Oregon’s wild salmon streams and forests.

Wild salmon advocates filed papers today in federal district court in Washington, D.C. to preserve the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw the controversial Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), a Bush administration plan that would have opened thousands of acres of ancient forests and salmon streams to clear cut logging in southwestern Oregon.

Environmentalists, Landowners Criticize Federal Decision To Approve Fossil Fuel Project in Oregon

12/17/2009
Community groups pledge to challenge decision.

Environmentalists and community advocates today criticized a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that granted approval to the Jordan Cove LNG import terminal and the accompanying Pacific Connector pipeline in southern Oregon. The groups plan to appeal the decision.  If built, the project would import foreign fossil fuel in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for offloading to be used primarily in California.

Diverse Coalition Files Challenge of Risky Foreign Energy Project

1/19/2010
The new LNG terminal and pipeline threatens private property and irreplaceable natural resources.

A coalition of environmentalists, local landowners and fishermen filed a petition for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding its December 2009 decision to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline.

Coalition Challenges EPA Over Pollution from Ships, Aircraft and Non-road Engines

6/11/2010
EPA fails to regulate major sources of global warming pollution

Washington, D.C. - A day after the US Senate voted to uphold the US Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging EPA’s failure to address such pollution from ocean-going ships, aircraft and nonroad vehicles and engines used in industrial operations.

Growing old with our old growth forests

"The giant pines, and firs, and Sequoias hold their arms open to the sunlight, rising above one another on the mountain benches, marshaled in glorious array, giving forth the utmost expression of grandeur and beauty with inexhaustible variety and harmony." – John Muir

Among all the forests of the world, the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest are unique for their age, size, and the sheer amount of life. 

Field-burning ban takes off

6/08/2010
The state’s new legislation to end the practice has some leeway for farmers facing extreme hardship

Field burning smoke in the southern Willamette Valley this summer will be a wisp compared with every previous year for the past half-century, during which thick black plumes and a gray ground-level haze typically marred many a summer day.

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