Oregon

Caution on LNG exports (Register Guard 3.27.14)

3/27/2014
Pressure mounts to OK natural gas export projects

As momentum builds in Washington, D.C., to sell vast amounts of domestic natural gas overseas in response to the turmoil in Ukraine, federal officials should continue to move cautiously on removing restrictions on exports and approving the construction of natural gas export terminals.

Wyden Supports Coos Bay LNG Project Despite Environmental Hazards (Eugene Weekly 3.27.14)

3/27/2014

Step aside, Keystone XL pipeline: Oregon is advancing toward acquiring a new fossil fuel pipeline of its own, after the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Coos Bay received a conditional export license from the U.S. Department of Energy on March 24.

Forest Partners update Grant Court on progress (Blue Mountain Eagle 3.27.14)

3/27/2014

CANYON CITY – The Grant County Court recently reiterated its support for the work of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners.

“You have a statewide reputation of getting things done,” Commissioner Boyd Britton told members of the group at the March 5 Court meeting. “My hat is off to you. You are making other people’s jobs easier.”

Vernita Ediger, executive director of the collaborative, briefed the Court on the collaborative’s progress in its eight years advancing resource projects on the Malheur National Forest.

Following DOE Approval, LNG Opponents Call on Oregon’s Governor to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers (Press Release 3.24.14)

3/24/2014

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon, a move that carries little meaning without more detailed environmental reviews from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and multiple Oregon state agencies.

Settlement Protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, Cancels 28 Timber Sales (press release 2.5.14)

2/05/2014
Agreement Also Ensures Future Logging Won’t Harm Rare Seabird

Three conservation organizations secured a major victory today for Oregon’s coastal forests, reaching a settlement agreement with the state that cancels 28 timber sales in habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests and improves future management practices to ensure the rare seabird is not harmed. 

Hatchery changes coming (Register-Guard 1.22.14)

1/22/2014
Ruling gives wild salmon higher priority

A federal judge’s ruling in a lawsuit over fisheries management on the Sandy River has direct bearing on similar litigation filed last month seeking greater protection for wild chinook salmon on the McKenzie River. In a decision last week, U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty said the National Marine Fisheries Service must do more to keep hatchery operations from harming wild fish in the Sandy, which flows into the Columbia River east of Portland. The McKenzie suit deals with the same concern, pointing toward big changes in how the salmon hatchery near Leaburg is run.

Native Fish Society Declares Victory In Case Against Sandy River Hatchery (NPR 1.17.14)

1/17/2014

An Oregon-based environmental group is declaring victory in a court case against state and federal fishery managers.

The Native Fish Society says the operation of a hatchery on the Sandy River after the removal of Marmot Dam caused harm to four species of protected wild salmon and steelhead.

Climate debate takes center court (Register Guard 1.17.14)

1/17/2014
State appeals judges hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by two Eugene students

Two Eugene teenagers are trying to save the world — one court hearing at a time.

Kelsey Juliana, 17, and Olivia Chernaik, 13, were part of an overflow crowd Thursday that listened to testimony when a three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals convened at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Oregon courts can order the governor to do much more to stave off climate change and protect the state’s air and water for future generations, an attorney for the two girls asserted.

Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition (press release 12.17.13)

12/17/2013
Over 100,000 Pacific West residents urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain protections for gray wolves

Demonstrating Americans’ broad opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition submitted 101,416 comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today favoring continued wolf protections. The comments on behalf of the coalition’s members and supporters in the Pacific West join 1 million comments collected nationwide expressing Americans’ strong disapproval of the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove federal protections from gray wolves across most of the continental United States.

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