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Friends of Columbia Gorge Oil and Coal Train Resources

Friends, a few weeks ago, Peter Cornelison of Friends of Columbia Gorge, gave a presentation at a POP Meeting describing the environmental threats to The Gorge from Oil and Coal trains and related developments. We finally have his presentation up on our website. They are on our links page, or you can get them individually:

Next POP meeting

Just reminding all to come and hear a really informative presentation by our guest speaker, Peter Cornelius, on the issues surrounding the transportation of coal and oil through our communities at our upcoming POP meeting this Thursday at 6 pm. It would be nice to have a good turn out so be sure to invite a friend. Come grab a bite, share a beverage, and get informed at what should be a good meeting. See you there!

Next POP meeting is Thursday, July 13 6PM at Route 30 Brewery

Our next meeting will be hosted by our POP Science Committee and they have invited Peter Cornelius, the field representative of Friends of the Gorge to speak. He has put together an informative presentation of the issues surrounding the transportation of coal and oil through our communities which is occurring with increasing frequency. Please come to get informed, to see why we should care, and what we can do about this topic.

Also, please invite your friends and others of like mind that you think would be interested in learning more about this. See you there!

National Monument Protection: needs more letters

Looks like the initial public support for preserving our National Monuments (like the Siskiyous) has had some effect but now they're trying to get industry interests to weigh in to dilute the public's outcry. So, it's time to send another email to Zinke. Tell him to leave our monuments alone and do something constructive with his time. J Schwartz

Take Action for Oil Train Safety

ACTION ALERT! There are currently bills in the Oregon and U.S. Legislature that relate to the transport of explosive Bakken crude oil on rail cars through Oregon. Here are some things you can do now to help protect Oregon from another disaster like Mosier experienced a year ago. Below the action items is some background information.

Action Items:

Tesoro-Savage Air Permit Hearing - Vancouver, WA

This is your last chance to give your input and say NO to the proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA.

In June, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal. EFSEC will take public comments on the draft air pollution permit for Tesoro, the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. This is your last chance to weigh-in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee.

Zest: Night: Effective Nonviolent Resistance

Nonviolent actions are becoming the new alternative to violent uprisings. Most nonviolent actions are planned as single events, such as a march or protest. But isolated nonviolent actions accomplish little if they’re not part of a larger strategy.

What Do We Want From Our Wild - Humanities Discussion

Wednesday June 7th at 7 p.m. Hood River Museum on the Waterfront.

A discussion beyond political policies about our wild places and animals, and how we want to interact with them going forward.

Suggestions for environmental action

Here are suggestions for environmental action and response from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters:

Siskiyou National Monument

Issue: Walden on Trump’s Recommendation to consider reversal of Siskiyou National Monument Expansion.

Background: Walden stated the following regarding Trump’s executive order to consider repeal of expansion of the Siskiyou National Monument: "In Oregon we've watched the problems left behind in the wake of national monument designations that lock up land without meaningful public input." (Oregonian May 9, 2017)


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