Make Your Voice Heard - BLM Taking Public Comments

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.

Illinois River

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 Community Continues to Speak Out Against Coal Exports

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

Michael Meo at 8/18 Demo

Cascadia Chapter member Michael Meo at right with Green banner

Congressman Peter DeFazio Supports Coal Exports

Read the Oregon Live article regarding another sellout by the Democratic Party. Also Eugene Register Guard article opposing coal trains. And remember, the "free trade" agreements he references are another Democratic Party sellout.

8/18 No Coal Demonstration in Portland

Watch demonstration video.

Read Seattle Times article "Fights (you betcha!) brewing over massive coal-export plans for the Northwest"

Michael Meo

Read 18 August Portland anti-coal demonstration report by Cascadia Chapter member Michael Meo - picture above holding Green Party sign.

The Latest on LNG From Coos County

Photo of citizen protesters at LNG hearing 26 June 2012 - taken by R. Knablin

For the latest on opposing the LNG Pipeline click here.  Follow on facebook here.

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:

Citizens Against LNG

Richard Knablin

rknablin at

Photo of protesters at LNG hearing 26 June 2012 - taken by R. Knablin