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Oregon Chapter - Sierra Club

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

July 2010-Issue 16

 LNG Press Conference


In early July, the Sierra Club and allies filed a petition to the Oregon State Land Board to overturn an approval by the Department of State Lands (DSL) for a 30-year lease of state-owned land for the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas import terminal on the Oregon coast south of Astoria.

On the heels of the bankruptcy of NorthernStar Natural Gas, which had planned to build an LNG terminal on the Columbia River, and with the recent suspension of the Palomar gas pipeline across the Mt. Hood National Forest (see more below), it is bizarre that the DSL would grant a 30 year lease for another controversial LNG terminal with no public notice or comment.

Click here to contact the State Land Board and urge them to reverse the DSL’s decision to grant a 30-year lease to the Port of Astoria for the Oregon LNG terminal.

 Shindig Grilling


In case you haven't heard, we're throwing a party this Saturday and you're all invited!  Join us at our Portland office for the "Sierra Club Shindig" on July 10!

  • Guest Speaker: Michael Brune, National Sierra Club Executive Director
  • Environmental Leadership Award recipient:
    Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland
  • Live Performance by: Sound Semantics
  • Kids Activities, Great Food, and Much More!

Click here to learn more and RSVP!

coal plant 


In early July, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a new set of options for Portland General Electric to close its dirty Boardman coal fired power plant in eastern Oregon. The DEQ had previously rejected PGE’s 2020 closure plan in order to look at earlier closure dates and to ensure that required pollution controls would be installed.

DEQ is now considering scenarios that would close the plant in 2015/16, 2018 or late 2020. While the Sierra Club advocates for closing the Boardman coal plant as soon as 2014, of DEQ’s three new options, Option 3 -- closing the plant late-2015/early-2016 -- strikes the best balance between the environment, public health, and electricity rates. The 2018 and 2020 options outlined by DEQ would require significant new investments in the aging coal plant, the state’s largest source of toxic air pollution. And every additional year in operation, the Boardman plant will release some 5 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 100,000 additional cars on Oregon’s roads.

The DEQ is now taking public input. Please thank them for pushing PGE to close the Boardman coal plant as soon as 2015 and urge them to select Option 3.  We need to close the Boardman coal plant as soon as possible to strike the best balance for ratepayers and environment.  Click here to send your e-mail to the DEQ!

Wolf Pup Howling


State Land Board Pushes ODF on Science!
In mid-June, the State Land Board, made up of Oregon’s Secretary of State, Treasurer and Governor rebuked a decision by the Oregon Department of Forestry to ramp up clearcutting in key salmon habitat on state lands such as the Tillamook, Clatsop, Elliott and Santiam State Forests. The Land Board, which oversees part of the forest covered by the plan, voted unanimously to require that the ODF conduct a science review sought by conservationists and fish protection groups before planned logging increases occur. Also in June, the Sierra Club and allied groups filed a petition for reconsideration of the ODF’s decision focused on the damage to salmon and lack of science behind the ODF’s new logging plan. 

Palomar Pipeline on Delayed Indefinitely!
Due to the recent bankruptcy of the Bradwood Landing LNG terminal and the lack of demand for imported LNG, Palomar Gas Transmission, LLC has placed its permit to build a 40-mile gas pipeline across the Mt. Hood National Forest on an indefinite delay. Citing the lack of ‘commercial underpinnings’ for the project, Palomar placed its pipeline plans in limbo in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC) on July 6. With the Mt. Hood National Forest also recently placing the project ‘on hold,’ the controversial Palomar pipeline is one step closer to being cancelled.

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!

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Summer has arrived 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!

Help us update our 50 Hikes of the Tillamook State Forest hiking guide! Join our Tillamook Forest Task Force on July 14th at 6pm at our Portland office! Help us update trail descriptions and take photos of special places in the Tillamook State Forest that deserve permanent protection! Contact Ivan Maluski for more information.

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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! 

We're launching a grass roots house concert series during September and October. Click here to learn how you can help us spread the word about the work we're doing in Oregon and raise funds to achieve our goals by hosting a live musical concert with local performers at your house!

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