Fighting Fossil Fuels, Climate Justice, and Water Conservation.
On July 17, 2020, the Land Use Board of Appeals overturned the City of North Bend’s land use permit that would have allowed the controversial Jordan Cove LNG export facility and pipeline to go forward.
On December 18, 2019, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to re-adopt a city ordinance restricting fossil fuels. Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ordinance sharply restricts large new oil train terminals and other fossil fuel projects in the City of Portland.
In December 2019, Crag helped Puget Sound area communities effectively halt plans to expand the Anacortes Oil Refinery for the production and export mixed xylenes—a petrochemical product used to make plastics.
On May 22, 2019, the Oregon Court of Appeals found that Columbia County failed to comply with Oregon’s land use law by doubling the size of Port Westward and opening high-quality farmland to industrial development.
In October 2017, after a long-fought battle, Crag and local conservation groups defeated Nestlé’s plan to bottle water from a pristine section of the Columbia River National Scenic Area and to build a plant in Cascade Locks.
From 2011 to 2016, Crag worked with both Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores to challenge and ultimately defeat the Warrenton LNG export project because of potential risks to the community and endangered salmon.
In March of 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied applications for Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline to operate a major LNG export facility in Coos Bay, a project that Crag and Oregon Shores Coalition have opposed for years.
In 2016, after an appeal made by the Mountain View Paving Company, the Land Use Board of Appeals sided with Crag and Rogue Advocates to force an asphalt plant to move away from Bear Creek.
In August 2014, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals rejected the Port of St. Helens’ plan to rezone prime farmland for industrial development, which would double the size of Port Westward, after a challenge by Crag and longtime client Columbia Riverkeeper.
In January 2013, Crag assisted local organizations and coastal communities in cooperation with the State of Oregon to secure protections for culturally and environmentally vital areas of Oregon’s coast and identify areas appropriate for marine renewable energy research and development.
In 2013, Kinder Morgan decided to walk away from plans for a massive coal export terminal at Port Westward on the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Oregon. Their decision came after Crag and a coalition of groups worked hard to keep coal exports out of the Gorge.
In January of 2011, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) in Washington D.C. rejected two air permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Shell Oil for proposed offshore drilling projects in the Arctic for the second time.