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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!

May 2010-Issue 14



After 5 years of trying to force through a damaging and ill-conceived liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal along the Columbia River, Houston-based NorthernStar Natural gas both declared bankruptcy and suspended LNG projects at Bradwood Landing and in California. The Bradwood facility would have devastated salmon habitat and endangered commercial and recreational fishing along the Columbia River, while hooking the Pacific Northwest on costly foreign fossil fuels for a generation.

This victory is because of you – over the years, thousands of Sierra Club members have weighed in with letters, calls, emails and volunteer time to oppose NorthernStar’s plans. Without vocal opposition, true dedication, and community organizing efforts among a diverse coalition of farmers, foresters and environmentalists, the LNG project would have been up and running three years ago.

This victory adds to our momentum as we continue our work to defeat the two other LNG proposals planned for Oregon’s coast - Oregon LNG in Warrenton and Jordan Cove LNG in Coos Bay, and the Palomar Pipeline, which would cross the Mt. Hood National Forest. Click here to read more about this incredible victory!


Join the Sierra Club and allies at the third annual rally outside NW Natural's shareholder meeting. Fresh on the heels of the bankruptcy of NorthernStar Natural Gas and the abandonment of the Bradwood Landing LNG proposal (see above), we need to send a strong message to NW Natural to abandon their plans to build the Palomar gas pipeline.

Join us to tell NW Natural shareholders that Palomar is a bad investment that will damage the Mt. Hood National Forest, impact hundreds of streams and rivers, damage farmland, and raise the utility bills of their customers. With Bradwood Landing LNG suspended and their parent company now bankrupt and owing millions to investors, NW Natural should not stay on board this sinking ship. It is time to pull the plug on the Palomar Pipeline!

NW Natural Gas Shareholders meeting
Thursday, May 27th 1pm-4pm
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Blvd, Portland (map)

For more information about this event and other lead-up events like sign making, flier posting and phone banking, contact Olivia Schmidt: or 971-533-2390.


The Forest Service and the Mt. Ashland Ski Resort continue to pursue an expansion that would clearcut the equivalent of 70 football fields of old growth forest in the McDonald Peak Roadless Area in southern Oregon. Much of the clearcutting would occur on very unstable slopes that are habitat for many rare plants and animals and subject to landslides.  And, all of this would occur in the City of Ashland’s municipal watershed. Click here to learn more!
In 2006, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the project because it violated federal laws. Now, despite nothing more than additional analysis, the Forest Service is back pushing the same plan that was rejected by the 9th Circuit. Click here to submit your comments to the Forest Service today!


It’s not too early to start making plans for our annual "Sierra Club Shindig!" That's right, we're throwing a party at our office so that you can learn about the work we're doing in Oregon, hear from compelling speakers, eat good food, and help us thank the volunteers that make our work possible.  Stay tuned for reservation info and more details!


Sierra Club volunteers, members, and supporters! Everyone is welcome!


The "Sierra Club Shindig" & BBQ


Sierra Club Office
1821 SE Ankeny Street, Portland


July 10, 4pm-8pm


Guest speaker: Michael Brune, national Sierra Club Executive Director!

Environmental Leadership Award recipient:
Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland!

Performance by: Sound Semantics!

Learn about the Oregon Sierra Club's conservation campaigns and other efforts and how you can get involved!

Help us recognize the volunteers that make the Oregon Sierra Club's work possible!


Did you know the Sierra Club has a student-run arm? Well, we do! It’s called the Sierra Student Coalition and one of the highlights of the year for the SSC is to host week-long training programs called SPROG across the country. 

SPROG is summer camp for environmental youth leaders.  Instead of doing archery and canoeing we learn about how to plan campaigns, work with the media, and recruit people to events in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Northwest SPROG is taking place at Camp Sheppard on Mt. Rainier June 14-21.  If you know a high-school or college aged student, encourage them to register because space is going fast in this program!


Volunteers with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign delivered a powerful message for strong air quality standards at a recent public hearing before the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  The DEQ is taking public comment on renewing PGE's Title V "Acid Rain" operating permit for Portland General Electric’s (PGE) Boardman coal plant until July 23.

Over 100 people attended the hearing and over 1,000 letters have already been submitted, showing DEQ that PGE's unchecked pollution is unacceptable. Thanks to everyone for this great success! Now it's time to gear up for the even more critical Public Utility Commission hearing on June 23rd - Mark your calendars! Learn more at our Beyond Coal Task Force meeting on May 25, or contact Robin Everett to get involved and help us move Oregon to a clean energy future!

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today! MAKE AN INVESTMENT! OUR WORK DEPENDS ON YOU!

Did you know that it costs the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter about $2,000 a month to keep the doors open? This includes expenses critical to our success - like office rent, utilities, and telephones.

It's easier than ever to give a monthly, sustaining gift to the Oregon Sierra Club! Your ongoing donations ensure a continuing source of funds throughout the year and make a huge difference in our ability to continue the work that we do. 
In the next six months, we're hoping to convince 200 committed Sierra Club supporters like you to contribute just $10 or more each month to help us cover these important expenses. Click here to make a monthly contribution to the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
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Summer is just around the corner and it's time to get outside and enjoy Oregon's environment (and maybe even learn more about how you can get involved with the Oregon Sierra Club!)
 Check out our outings calendar to see a list of activities in your area!

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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization for a reason -- our volunteers are an integral part of everything we do!  Whether you're interested in attending a meeting, tabling at an event, analyzing policy, helping us fundraise, or lending your handy skills around the office, there's a place for you! Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club! 

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