Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’
Matthew Bishop, Western Environmental Law Center, 406-422-9866, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Cotton, WildEarth Guardians, 406-414-7227, email@example.com
Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change
March 25, 2016
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands (541) 434-1463
Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper 541-261-2030
Roger Flynn, Mining Action Project 303-823-5738
Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity 971-717-6405
Jake Crawford, Native Fish Society (720) 253-8485
Federal Court Upholds Oregon’s Right to Protect Water Quality and Fish Habitat
Court Finds That Restrictions on Mining Methods Are Clearly Within the State’s Authority
Medford, OR — This morning a federal court upheld an Oregon law restricting motorized gold mining in and along sensitive salmon streams. The District of Oregon court held that the State of Oregon has the right to regulate both state and federal land to protect water quality and fish habitat, and it has done so in a manner that does not conflict with federal law.
“The court correctly found that mining operations on federal land must comply with state laws enacted to protect public health and the environment,” noted Roger Flynn, with the Western Mining Action Project and one of the attorneys representing conservation and fishing groups that joined the case to help defend the Oregon law. “This decision supports a growing effort in Western states to protect clean water and fisheries from mining pollution and wildlife habitat damage,” said Flynn.
At issue in the case is Oregon’s Senate Bill 838, passed in 2013 to implement temporary restrictions on equipment such as suction dredges and other motorized mining equipment in and nearby habitat essential for salmon, and to protect water quality. The law went into effect this January and remains in effect through 2021. The 2013 law came about due to increasing concern throughout the state about the cumulative effects of these gold mining techniques on streams and rivers.
“With these protections Oregon has taken the first step towards addressing threats to our salmon runs and water quality from mining,” said Forrest English of Rogue Riverkeeper. “We look forward to sensible regulation that extends beyond 2021 and that ensures these values are protected for all future Oregonians, the court has made it clear that we can do that.”
Peer reviewed science shows that suction dredging can mobilize toxic mercury into rivers and streams, as well as reduce salmon spawning success due to alterations in habitat. Additionally in hot spots, such as the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers, the number of dredges has created conflicts with anglers and other recreationists.
“Oregonians can breathe a sigh of relief that many of our rivers and most sensitive salmon fisheries will be protected this summer from the toxic plumes of mercury that suction dredge mining releases,” said Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Gold miners brought a lawsuit against the State of Oregon last October alleging that federal laws denied Oregon the right to protect environmental resources within the state. Environmental groups and commercial fishing interests including Rogue Riverkeeper, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Oregon Coast Alliance, Cascadia Wildlands, Native Fish Society and the Center for Biological Diversity intervened on behalf of the state and are represented by the Western Environmental Law Center and Western Mining Action Project.
“We are very pleased the Court has clarified that the State of Oregon has the power to protect our cherished rivers from destructive suction-dredge mining, especially the famous Rogue River and its tributaries — one of the most important salmon rivers in Oregon,” said Cameron La Follette with Oregon Coast Alliance. “State environmental laws are a crucial means of protecting the public's investment in salmon habitat restoration in our public waterways.”
"We are incredibly encouraged that the Court made the common sense decision to permit Oregon to regulate harmful mining practices in some of Oregon's most cherished waterways," said Nick Cady with Cascadia Wildlands. "Oregonians have a right to protect the things they value, including clean water and salmon."
“This decision will help keep Oregon’s iconic wild salmon healthy for future generations,” said Jake Crawford with Native Fish Society. “It bolsters similar protections in California and Idaho, while giving Washington a path forward for protecting wild salmon and water quality from suction dredge mining.”
A copy of the decision can be found here.
Friday, March 11, 2016: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) laid out a major victory today for Oregon communities, wildlife, waterways, and wildlands, when they DENIED the plans to construct a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Pipeline through the state of Oregon, and also denied the plans for its associated Jordan Cove export terminal out of Coos Bay, OR.
Cascadia Wildlands, coalition members, volunteers, and countless climate activists celebrate this outstanding step in the right direction.
For years, Cascadia Wildlands and allies have been closely monitoring the Jordan Cove LNG project, which was proposed by a Canadian company, Veresen, who wanted to export Canadian gas to Asia by building a 232-mile long pipeline from Klamath Falls to Coos Bay.
The proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal would have required building the 232-mile long pipeline through sensitive forestland and waters in southwest Oregon in order to move fracked gas to the coast, to be supercooled, and then shipped to Asia. To do this, Veresen needed to convince our government that the scheme is in the "public interest" so they could get the right to condemn property owned by Oregon families through eminent domain.
Opposition was strong from the public, and FERC heard our movement's cries! It was declared that the pipeline was NOT in the best interest of the public, and the potential positives DO NOT outweigh the negative consequences of such a project.
Let's keep this momentum going!
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For more information on the overall project, click here.
For more information specifically on:
 Jordan Cove Resource Report 1, March 2012. Appendix B.1 Navigant Study page 3. “Jordan Cove is supplied 70 percent by Canadian gas”…
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Atwood, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 504-5660, email@example.com
Bethany Cotton, WildEarth Guardians, (503) 327-4923, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooks Fahy, Predator Defense, (541) 937-4261, email@example.com
Camilla Fox, Project Coyote, (415) 690-0338, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public will gather to support Malheur refuge, celebrate national public lands
The public is invited to join this statewide event expressing appreciation for national public lands, their public servant caretakers, and the positive collaborative efforts between refuge officials, ranchers, environmentalists, and Native Americans that have been underway on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a decade. Speakers will highlight the importance of protecting special places like the Malheur NWR that provide integral wildlife habitat, clean water, climate change mitigation, and recreational opportunities available as a benefit to all Americans.
Events are listed below, with details and more events across the state currently being planned. Participants can contact Cascadia Wildlands to receive up-to-date event information, and follow the conversation using #RefugeRally. This page will continue to be updated.
Unless otherwise specified, all events will take place at noon:
Old Federal Building
211 E. 7th Ave, Eugene
Oregon Wild – Doug Heiken (541-344-0675) email@example.com
Cascadia Wildlands – Nick Cady (314) 482-3746 firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Biological Diversity – Jared Margolis (802) 310-4054 email@example.com
NE 11th Ave, Portland
Oregon Wild – Arran Robertson (971) 241-0103 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Audubon – Bob Sallinger 503 380 -9728 email@example.com
Center for Biological Diversity – Tierra Curry (928) 522-3681 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooks St, Bend
Oregon Natural Desert Assoc – Dan Morse, (541) 330-2638 email@example.com
Pro-Public Lands Potluck
105 Fir St Suite #327
Federal Building / GSA
December 30, 2015
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands / 314-482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity / 971-717-6403, email@example.com
Rob Klavins, Oregon Wild / 541-886-0212, firstname.lastname@example.org