Fossil Fuels

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Fighting Fossil Fuels

The rapid development of fossil fuel resources in the Western United States and Canada has prompted many recent proposals for new export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. For the past seven years, Crag has been working with allies to prevent the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure along the Columbia River and the Oregon Coast. While those efforts have been successful, we continue to see new proposals for the development of large-scale natural gas, crude oil, and other fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. If we are to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets and address climate change within the timelines to be effective, our communities need to move away from all fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.

What We’re Working On

Port Westward: Rezoning Farmland for Industrial Use

Port Westward: Rezoning Farmland for Industrial Use

The Port of St. Helens has proposed rezoning 837 acres of farm land for industrial use to allow fossil fuel export. We are fighting to maintain the beautiful landscape, agricultural heritage, and economic livelihood this unique farmland provides.

Industry Attack on Portland Fossil Fuel Policy Fails

Industry Attack on Portland Fossil Fuel Policy Fails

Oregon Supreme Court Declines Review, Leaving in Place Oregon Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of Portland's Fossil Fuel Ordinance July 31, 2018 (Portland, Ore.) –– Today a coalition of public interest groups celebrated news that opponents to Portland's fossil fuel...

Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

For nearly a decade, out-of-state energy speculators have attempted to construct a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline in Coos Bay, which would export fracked gas to Pacific countries. We are working to prevent this dangerous and environmentally-destructive project from being constructed.

Portland Fossil Fuel Limitation

Portland Fossil Fuel Limitation

In December 2016, the City of Portland took a major step against the expansion of dirty fossil fuels and toward climate justice by unanimously adopting citywide restrictions on bulk fossil fuel infrastructure. Ever since, the fossil fuel industry has attempted to undermine the law.

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 Columbia River, local farmers grow heirloom peppermint…

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.

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…

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