CLIMATE NEWS

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, Oregon. Meandering through this part of Columbia County, one cannot help but feel a sense of appreciation while observing some of the best farmland in the country. On these agricultural lands in the...

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. Tesoro wants to produce a new fossil fuel-based product—mixed xylenes—that would be manufactured from crude...

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. Even though the Federal Energy Regulatory...

COMMUNITIES NEWS

A Win for the Skykomish

A Win for the Skykomish

Today, the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a decision of the Growth Management Hearings Board (the board) that invalidated actions of the City of Monroe, WA to rezone 43 acres of open land for intense commercial development along the Skykomish River. Crag...

Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

On December 14, the Oregon Supreme Court issued an opinion in a long-running dispute between neighbors and Jackson County over the enforcement of state and local land use laws. In a joining opinion, two Justices of the Court, including Chief Justice Thomas Balmer,...

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

On November 27, 2017, Crag and our client Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition secured another major victory in the long running fight against fossil fuel infrastructure in Oregon. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) issued a unanimous decision rejecting Coos...

THE WILD NEWS

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

The Alaska Regional Forester has put a major logging project in the Tongass National Forest on hold, in response to administrative objections filed by Crag's clients.  The Saddle Lakes Timber Sale, located near Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island, called for about 50...

Law Suit Over Stalled Land Trade to Move Forward

Law Suit Over Stalled Land Trade to Move Forward

Federal District Court Rejects Forest Service’s Attempt to Dismiss Suit That Seeks To Enforce the Requirements of the 2009 Mt. Hood Wilderness Bill On January 6, 2016, a Federal District Court in Oregon rejected the Forest Service’s attempt to dismiss a case...