Tag Archives: Environment

A Disappointing Legislative Session For Oregon Environmentalists

Paige Spence spread a few sheets of paper across her desk at the Oregon Conservation Network, listing out her organization’s goals for the recently adjourned 2017 legislature. She made a mark for everything that passed, and drew an “X” by everything that didn’t. The first page has losses, but also a few wins. The next […]
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Oregon’s environment is counting on us to work together (Guest opinion)

The Oregon Legislature achieved a big step this session by passing a comprehensive transportation package. While the transportation plan isn’t perfect, it takes significant steps toward cleaning up our air and reducing our state’s carbon footprint. Cars and trucks contribute 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in our state and are a major source […]
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Legislature 2017: Losses far outweigh wins on energy, the environment

After last year’s short session produced the historic Coal to Clean bill, the thinking was that lawmakers this year would be focused on a handful of revenue-related issues, leaving little room for big moves on energy and the environment. That turned out to be true. Plus, the state’s tight budget claimed a significant victim, as […]
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New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River

A new bill in Congress would make sure Washington’s four lower Snake River dams stay standing. It’s push back against a recent court order to find “a new approach” to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Source: New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River | Northwest Public Radio

Developer fined for Rickreall Creek pollution

State environmental regulators have fined Wilson Property Investments $12,776 for violating its stormwater permit at the Country View Estates subdivision at the end of Shetterly Drive in Dallas. Source: Developer fined for Rickreall Creek pollution

Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority | Guest opinion

Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. This is especially true when considering the benefits of Senate Bill 1008 for improving air quality in Oregon. Source: Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Oregon DEQ fines Yoncalla nearly $21,000, alleging false wastewater reports, other environmental violations at sewage treatment plant

Bogus data, high levels of E. coli and late wastewater reports might cost a small Douglas County city nearly $21,000 in fines, according to state environmental regulators. Source: Oregon DEQ fines Yoncalla nearly $21,000, alleging false wastewater reports, other environmental violations at sewage treatment plant | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Oregon House Votes to Enact 10-Year Ban on Natural Gas Fracking

Only limited fracking has ever been conducted in Oregon, but Democrats argue that current regulations on potential hydraulic fracturing are insufficient, and could set up the state for problems experienced in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Passing the Senate could be a challenge, however. Source: Oregon House Votes to Enact 10-Year Ban on Natural Gas Fracking | […]
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March for Science in Salem is being tied to national event in Washington, D.C.

In Salem, the group 350 Salem is hosting a nonpartisan, three-part event at the Capitol on Saturday. The number 350 is significant because it indicates climate safety. Scientists, via the 350.org national website, say in order to preserve a livable planet, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere must be reduced from its […]
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Environmental Legislation

-Nonprofits talk pesticides, wildlife removal budget cuts and green jobs- Virtually no protections are in place to safeguard watersheds and streams — both sources of drinking water in Oregon — from being contaminated by herbicides, says Jason Gonzales of Oregon Wild. This is just one of the pressing issues that environmental protection bills in Oregon’s […]
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