The BLM is accepting public comments until October 31, 2012 on a 20-year extension of the withdrawal of the Illinois River between Deer Creek and the mouth of Briggs Creek from exploitation under the 1872 Mining Law.
Unless the mineral withdrawal is extended, mining will take precedent over all other uses on this scenic section of the Illinois with disastrous results for the river and the public.
Please take a moment to raise your voice in protecting the environment against corporate greed.
The Lombard Overpass of the railroad cut that bisects St. John’s – from the Willamette River to the Columbia Slough – was the site of an August 18 demonstration, with over 75 activists protesting and educating people about the proposed transportation of coal through Oregon and Washington. With faces smudged in “safe soot” and carrying signs demanding the use of clean energy sources, the crowd engaged passersby both on foot and bike, as well as in car, many of whom were unaware of this toxic proposal.
Story and photos by Pete Shaw - Portland Occupier
Cascadia Chapter member Michael Meo at right with Green banner
Photo of citizen protesters at LNG hearing 26 June 2012 - taken by R. Knablin
We’ve been actively fighting the Jordan Cove Project for 9 years. The fight, then, was to keep a liquified natural gas unloading and regeneration facility from being built on the North Spit of Coos Bay across from the City of North Bend; and stop the necessary pipeline link from there (through pristine southern Oregon) to California. The plan was to supply PG & E power plants that were to be built to replace aging and illegal coal plants.
By that time, every coastal community in California where an import terminal could have been built, had been summarily turned down by outraged popular movements. The focus of the energy industry then turned northward to Oregon where a downtrodden populace hungry for jobs would be more amenable to such projects.
It didn’t turn out as well as the developers had hoped, as many of the local residents organized and opposed and marched and spoke and wrote opinions. As well we raised money for lawyers and experts to testify at public meetings. (Our debt is still there. We received no $ help from anyone but ourselves.)
The odd thing is that we actually won that battle. However, it was as anti-climatic as ending the Iraq war only to find the war in Afghanistan still raging. The developers regrouped and a new proposal (probably the original proposal) emerged: They wanted to export American natural gas.
So the battle continues. We are gearing up to testify during all the Environmental Impact Statement meetings; writing concerns that must be addressed by the EIS; and generally taking advantage at every opportunity to express how wrong this project is. From the fracking that gets the gas, to the seizing of private property that will take place in building the pipeline, and the danger to the population of the Bay Area - not to mention the deterioration of the atmosphere from the burning of the gas in Asia - this project is a disaster.
In the long haul, it’s always been the local people who have dominated in this endeavor. In Coos County, not one local official would oppose this project. We eventually gained some allies in state offices, and for this newest battle, we have Senator Merkley and others. Locally, I have to say our mainstay and rock has been Jody McCaffree; who has, in the process, become one of the most informed people on this subject in the state.
For up to date information and how you can help, please check out:
rknablin at frontier.com
Photo of protesters at LNG hearing 26 June 2012 - taken by R. Knablin
Suzia Aufderheide appointed by Convention to
replace Chris Mason as a national delegate to the GPUS.
Convention nominated Candy Neville as the PGP US Senate after two
hours of discussion. Vote was by consensus. A consideration of a run
for Governor was discussed and it was decided that a US Senate run was
best for her. Stand-aside: Randy Prince
Decisions from the March 6, 2010 Nominating Convention
Rick Staggenborg nominated for U.S. Senate by instant runoff voting.
Results of first ballot
Rick Staggenborg 12
Candy Neville 3
None of the Above 2
- Location of June Annual Business and Nominating Convention was agreed by consensus to be held in Portland on June 7-8 2008. June 7th is the date for the Nominating Convention and June 8th is the date for the Annual Business Convnention.
- Changing references to “ASGP”in the Bylaws to “GPUS” were agreed by consensus with one stand-aside: Ken Adams. This change had previously been announced and posted on the web site. The new Secretary (see below) has the action to send a copy of the revised Bylaws to the Oregon Secretary of State within 30 days.
- The change to the delegation count in the Bylaws was agreed by consensus to be moved to the June convention for a vote. This change will be announced again and is already posted on the web site.
- Endorsement of the follow campaigns was reached by consensus:
- Free Cuban Five: The PGP thanks those supporting the Cuban 5 and calls for their immediate release from prison and return to their families in Cuba.
- Sweat Free North West Campaign: voted to endorse
- Mining Tour: voted yes to endorse and make a $200 contribution
- March 15th World Without War Rally in Portland: voted yes to endorse and make a $50 contribution
- March 16th Sow Seeds Of Peace Rally in Eugene: voted yes to endorse and make a $50 contribution
- March 22nd Rally in Corvallis: voted yes to endorse
- Seth Woolley was voted by consensus to fill the office of PGP Secretary.
Pacific Green Party Convention in Eugene Oregon
Sunday April 22nd 2007 – Minutes
Lori Burton, George Hutchinson, Delbert McCombs, Pat Driscol, Tim Denhe, Chris Henry, Mary Cole, Lance Geiger, Steve Geiger, and Erik Douglas via video conferencing from the UK.