Oil tanker train cars sit idle next to the oil terminals in Northwest Portland. A city fossil fuel ordinance barring major expansions of those terminals survived a challenge to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Oil tanker train cars sit idle next to the oil terminals in Northwest Portland. A city fossil fuel ordinance barring major expansions of those terminals survived a challenge to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Portland Tribune

The city of Portland’s 2016 ordinance barring new or significantly expanded fossil fuel terminals survived a legal challenge to the state’s highest court.

On Tuesday the Oregon Supreme Court declined to review an Oregon Court of Appeals decision from January that upheld the city’s constitutional right to enact the ordinance.

“This is a major victory for the climate and our communities,” said Maura Fahey, staff attorney at Crag Law Center, in a statement welcoming the court decision.

Crag Law Center represented Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Columbia Riverkeeper as intervenors in the case, which was brought by the Portland Business Alliance and allied oil industry groups.

Read the whole story at The Portland Tribune.