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Dozens of elected officials from across the region are asking Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a state agency director to deny a key permit for a coal export project on the Columbia River.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality imposes an unusually big fine against a crude oil terminal on the Columbia River that violated its air quality permit.
The operator of an oil-shipping terminal near Clatskanie in Northwest Oregon is being sued by environmental groups that say the facility lacks the proper permits and is doing environmental harm to local communities.
Politics | Economy | News | Communities | Renewable energy | Land use | Environment | EnergyApril 29, 2015 11:23 p.m.
Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals Wednesday upheld the rejection of a permit for a liquefied natural gas facility proposed for Warrenton.
A conservation group has convinced Oregon's Court of Appeals that state-approved water permits in the Clackamas River could have been bad for threatened fish.
For a small coastal community just outside the city of Bandon in Southern Oregon, the tension between conservation efforts and quality of life has been brought to the forefront this summer. Residents who live near the newly expanded 420-acre Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge have been plagued by a massive uptick in the mosquito population this summer. The mosquito problem has confined residents to their homes and the community says it has even yielded economic consequences by driving away summer tourists. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the increased mosquito population stems from high tides this year that have drawn water inland, creating a fertile breeding ground of standing water for the mosquito hatches. Frustrated residents have been looking to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which restored and manages the marsh, for answers and solutions. Officials at U.S. Fish and Wildlife are working to resolve to problem, and have issued a limited permit to Coos County for the use of some pesticides in the area. However, residents are still looking for a long-term solution and wondering who will foot the bill.
After a delayed vote following the recent oil train disaster in Canada, the approval of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington was announced on July 23rd. On Saturday, protesters with 350.org responded with a rally in Vancouver to bring attention to oil, climate change and liquid natural gas export. In addition to the approval from the Port of Vancouver commissioners, there are more steps required in order to begin work on the project, such as Governor Jay Inslee's approval and permitting from the State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.
President Obama delivered an anticipated climate change speech today where he outlined tough new policies to reduce carbon emissions. Points of the plan distributed in advance of the speech. The administration will:
- Direct the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants
- Make up to eight billion in loans available for investing in innovative technology
- Permit more renewable energy projects on public land
- Strengthen fuel economy standards
Editor's Note: This show will be broadcast live on OPB Plus television as well as OPB Radio. University of Oregon law professor Carrie Leonetti spent the last academic year in Bosnia studying eyewitness testimony and the justice system that was put in place following the Dayton Peace Agreement. She says she began the Bosnia project with a question about the use of "show ups," a type of identification that's permitted in the U.S. but not in Bosnia. In a "show up," a witness is simply asked if the suspect is the person who committed the crime. This contrasts to the line up of at least five people matching the suspect's description that is required in Bosnia. We first spoke with Leonetti at the beginning of her Fulbright fellowship on an episode of Think Out Loud exploring the way courts in the U.S. regulate the use of eye witness testimony. She told us she'd report back after her Fulbright project concluded in Bosnia. We'll talk to her about what she discovered and about what she says is the confounding state of the justice system there.
Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith will be in studio for our regular business update. Here are some of the topics we'll be looking at: