The weeks ahead are filled with opportunities for climate action. Bouncing off the inspiring numbers and energy from July's Summer Heat NW, we hope to keep the climate movement at full speed. We must keep at it. Every day, more fossil fuel exploration, extraction, and exploitation plans are made. We have a climate movement to expand. It's in our hands; we cannot count on "someone else" to take care of it. |
One major local project going on right now is getting people to participate in the Longview Coal Terminal Scoping Process. "Scoping" is the term used to describe the thorough investigation of an industrial project examining its safety, social, health, and environmental impacts. Many of us were disappointed by the limited focus of the recent DEQ process on the proposed Morrow Pacific Project, the coal terminal at Boardman, OR. The Washington State Scoping Process is very different in that ALL impacts of a terminal proposal are examined. This includes coal extraction in the Powder River Basin, shipment through our region, and atmospheric effects from coal-fired electrical plants in Asia. People living anywhere (not just Washingtonians!) are encouraged to comment and may do so as often as they wish during the 90-day comment period that began last Friday. Details from involved government agencies on the scoping process are linked here.
Because thousands of people showed their concern for the other Washington coal proposal - the Gateway Pacific Project, near Bellingham - that project has been delayed for two years while the agencies study the impacts described during the Scoping process. Following that study, the public will be asked to comment again. With enough participation, we can do the same thing for the Longview Terminal.
Here is a short list of projects & events that are on the table for discussion at Saturday's meeting:
- Preparation for the September 17th Longview hearing: NOW through 9/17
- Comment-writing workshop: Sept 7
- Longview scoping hearing: Sept 17
- Kathleen Dean Moore talk/workshops: Sept 21
- 350.org's KXL action: "Draw The Line": Sept 21
- Longview scoping hearing in Vancouver, WA: Oct. 9
The 350 Action Team will meet this Saturday, August 24, 3:00-4:30pm, after the March on Washington Commemoration march/rally.
RSVP to goto350pdx [at] gmail.com or 503-0705-1943 to find out the location.
Even if you can't make it to the meeting this Saturday, feel free to contact 350PDX anyway through email or phone to find out how you can get involved in current and upcoming projects.