Speak Up to FERC about LNG and Pipeline Concerns in Oregon


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is holding a series of public hearings to listen to public comment on the proposed Coos Bay Liquefied Natural Gas export facility and the associated 230-mile pipeline.  At issue are the environmental impacts of this project including climate effects, water pollution from fracking and damage to forest habitats as … Continue reading Speak Up to FERC about LNG and Pipeline Concerns in Oregon

Thermal Damns and the Need for Angry, Active Anglers


Bob Ferris   Recently I posted something on Facebook about the peril faced by marine fish species in British Columbia due to record ocean temperatures (see Record North Pacific Temperatures Threatening B.C. Marine Species) and a new friend reposted it with a query about what she called “thermal damns.” It was a classic Freudian slip, … Continue reading Thermal Damns and the Need for Angry, Active Anglers

Coos Bay LNG Facility: An undemocratic process for a “bridge fuel” that leads us closer to environmental and economic doom


By Bob Ferris   The most recent elections sting all of us who care about the environment and the future of the planet like rock salt gingerly applied to an open wound.  Part of that sting is the peril we face when anti-scientific types like James Inhofe (at right) and Ted Cruz are considered for important … Continue reading Coos Bay LNG Facility: An undemocratic process for a “bridge fuel” that leads us closer to environmental and economic doom

Ninkasi T-shirt: Art Imitates Life But Also Inspires Action


By Bob Ferris Our new collaborative T-shirt design with Ninkasi speaks symbolically and literally for rivers (at right).  For instance, the river flowing out of us on the shirt and into a Ninkasi pint glass graphically represents our work to protect waters and Ninkasi’s significant support for efforts to keep our region’s waterways clean and wild. … Continue reading Ninkasi T-shirt: Art Imitates Life But Also Inspires Action

The Pteropod in the Coal Mind


By Bob Ferris   The below video link from a Seattle Times article is important.   VIDEO LINK    Now you might not have heard of pteropods before, but you have certainly heard of the relationship between canaries and coal miners. Pteropods are the canaries of our Cascadian oceans.  They are sensitive to acid because … Continue reading The Pteropod in the Coal Mind

Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill


By Bob Ferris   gump•tion  [guhmp-shuhn]  noun Informal. 1. initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself. 2. courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job. 3. common sense; shrewdness.  From Dictionary.com    There are times when I fantasize about products that I would like to see.  One … Continue reading Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill

Forests, Fracking and LNG: Francis Defending People and Places


    Francis Eatherington, Cascadia Wildands' Conservation Director was recently interviewed on a broad range topics relating to Oregon's precious coastal forests and the problems with allowing liquefied natural gas exports through Coos Bay. Please listen to what she has to say in this engaging and thoughtful interview.    Click here to listen to the … Continue reading Forests, Fracking and LNG: Francis Defending People and Places

Natural Gas Export Plan Unites Oregon Landowners Against It


Jeff Brady NPR May 29, 2013   A radical shift in the world energy picture is raising environmental concerns in the United States.   Until recently, the U.S. had been expected to import more natural gas. But now, because of controversial technologies like "fracking," drillers are producing a lot more domestic natural gas; so much … Continue reading Natural Gas Export Plan Unites Oregon Landowners Against It

Dow-funded study says [LNG] prices triple with aggressive exports


by Jenny Mandel, E&E reporter Tuesday, March 12, 2013    Domestic natural gas prices could nearly triple by 2030 if high levels of exports are seen, according to a study paid for by Dow Chemical Co.   "If left unmonitored, high [liquefied natural gas] exports could prevail at the cost of the broader economy," the … Continue reading Dow-funded study says [LNG] prices triple with aggressive exports

Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet–Eugene Rally March 3rd


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2013 Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet   Eugene, Ore.—March 3 at 1 p.m. A rally will be held in the University of Oregon EMU amphitheater proceeded by a march against the fossil fuel industry. The march is follow-up to the “End All Extraction” march on February 17, since the demands from the … Continue reading Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet–Eugene Rally March 3rd