Climate

 

Protecting the Climate

Climate change is today’s most pressing and important issue for the environment and for our communities. In some ways, all of the work we do relates to climate change, whether it is preserving forests as carbon sinks, protecting public access to shorelines that are eroding from stronger storms and sea level rise, or defending species whose critical habitat is shrinking. We take on cases that directly address both the sources and impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest.

What We’re Working On

 

Zoning Portland for a Stable Climate

Zoning Portland for a Stable Climate

When it comes to protecting the climate, we often find ourselves playing defense against massive fossil fuel development proposals that threaten our communities and environment.

Protecting Farmland for our Food and our Future

Protecting Farmland for our Food and our Future

Take a drive down the winding rural roads north of Clatskanie and one cannot help but feel a sense of appreciation for some of the best farmland in the country. On these agricultural lands in the floodplain of the mighty Columbia River, local farmers grow heirloom peppermint, native spearmint…

Protecting the Salish Sea from Big Oil

Protecting the Salish Sea from Big Oil

On behalf of a large coalition of local interests, Crag Law Center recently challenged a major expansion of the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Washington.

Holding the Green Line Using Local Land Use Laws

Holding the Green Line Using Local Land Use Laws

For over a decade, Crag has been working with local communities to hold the line against new fossil fuel terminals and pipelines along the Oregon Coast, including in Coos Bay and the lower Columbia River estuary.

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Youth!

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Youth!

Court Rejects Trump’s Attempt to Evade Constitutional Climate Trial Today, Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration’s “drastic and extraordinary” petition for writ...

Holding the Thin Green Line in the Salish Sea

Holding the Thin Green Line in the Salish Sea

Last week, Crag attorney Chris Winter traveled to Skagit County, Washington for a hearing on a proposed $400 million expansion of the Tesoro oil refinery, which is located on the banks of the Salish Sea in Anacortes. Read his reflections on this timely issue.

Crag Challenges Oil Refinery Expansion in the Salish Sea

Crag Challenges Oil Refinery Expansion in the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is irreplaceable, so we have to get this right. Tesoro is proposing to transport a massive quantity of petrochemicals through the community, and the environmental study glosses over the risk of a major spill and the impact from greenhouse gases…

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

This is the third major land use victory we have secured for local people fighting to protect their communities from LNG terminals. In 2010, we helped Columbia Riverkeeper defeat the Bradwood Landing LNG proposal. And in 2016, Crag worked with both Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores to defeat the Warrenton LNG export project.

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