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photo courtesy of Heather Roskelley

Conserving & Protecting the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is the pride of the state and a national treasure, but it is under immense threat from developers and resource extraction schemes.  Short-sighted development proposals threaten to block public access to the shore, pollute estuaries, and destroy sensitive habitat.  Through a collaborative partnership with the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Crag represents coastal communities to protect watersheds, beach access, and native ecosystems for generations to come.

 

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Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied applications for Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline to construct and operate a major LNG export facility in Coos Bay and southwest Oregon. Crag has worked for years with client Oregon Shores...

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Last week, a Hearings Officer in the City of Warrenton denied land use permits for Oregon LNG's natural gas terminal. Crag worked together with clients Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition to demonstrate the proposal's risks to the community...

The Future of Our Coast

The Future of Our Coast

What will Oregon's beaches and coastal communities look like in 100 years? How will storm surge and sea level rise impact building flooding? Erosion? Beach access? How would that future change if we were to adopt different land use management policies now? Yesterday I...

LNG Export Process Heats Up

LNG Export Process Heats Up

Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove-Pacific Connector LNG export terminal and pipeline.  Crag is working with a coalition of conservation groups and individual...

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

The Sand Lake Estuary is situated just north of Tierra Del Mar in Tillamook County on the Oregon Coast. The 900-acre Sand Lake is a gorgeous, mysterious, wild-salmon laden and relatively undeveloped natural area. Now, this beautiful and wild landscape will become part...

Is LNG Right for Oregon?

Is LNG Right for Oregon?

After an explosion at a natural gas processing facility on the Columbia River this week, the question everyone has been asking seems ever more pressing: is LNG right for Oregon?  A blast at a Plymouth, Washington facility caused injury to five workers and evacuation...

Land Use Board of Appeals Rejects Destination Resort Approval

Land Use Board of Appeals Rejects Destination Resort Approval

A proposed large-scale destination resort on a remote and wild section of the Oregon coast in Curry County will not move forward without further review by the local land use authority.  In a decision issued Friday, the Land Use Board of Appeals found that the county...

Coastal Law Project Blocks Large Development on Coquille River

Coastal Law Project Blocks Large Development on Coquille River

Last week, Crag celebrated with Oregon Shores and local Bandon area residents when the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) struck down Coos County's approval of a large-scale development  on the banks of the Coquille River.  The proposal would have entailed destroying a...

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