Community Victories

               Land use, Environmental Justice, and Environmental Health.

Development Along the White Salmon River Blocked

Development Along the White Salmon River Blocked

In 2013 Crag celebrated a victory with our clients, Friends of the White Salmon River and Friends of the Columbia Gorge, in blocking an ordinance that attempted to rezone 1,000 acres of riverside land along the White Salmon River.

Industrial Expansion of Port Westward Halted

Industrial Expansion of Port Westward Halted

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.

Grand Island Farmland Protected from Gravel Mine

Grand Island Farmland Protected from Gravel Mine

On October 10, 2012, the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) issued a decision that Yamhill County’s approval of the Grand Island gravel mine was flawed. Since 2010, Crag has walked the local farmers through the process of organizing and challenging the proposal.

Unfair Settlement Over Toxic Waste Dump Stopped at Alkali Lake

Unfair Settlement Over Toxic Waste Dump Stopped at Alkali Lake

In 2012, Crag represented local residents in the high desert of Oregon to object to a settlement between the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Bayer Cropscience, the company that made and profited from the sale of the toxic chemical Agent Orange.

Crag Fights for Inupiat Communities for the Second Time

Crag Fights for Inupiat Communities for the Second Time

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.

Crag Helps Iñupiat Communities Stop Offshore Drilling

Crag Helps Iñupiat Communities Stop Offshore Drilling

In 2008, Crag won a landmark victory for the indigenous Iñupiat communities of the North Slope and the Arctic environment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore exploration plan in the Beaufort Sea because of potential impacts to Iñupiat subsistence traditions.