Vancouver Oil Terminal Foes Renew Objections at Hearing
Large screens show speakers their time limits while speaking to members of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council at the Nov. 29, 2016 hearing to discuss the Vancouver Energy draft construction stormwater discharge permit. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Vancouver Oil Terminal Foes Renew Objections at Hearing

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EFSEC meeting focuses on draft construction stormwater permit.

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Why REI’s #OptOutside Is Only Half the Journey
Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy, Executive Director Kevin Gorman, and Outreach Assistant Kate Lindberg will #optoutside on Black Friday.

Why REI’s #OptOutside Is Only Half the Journey

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Executive Director Kevin Gorman: Love the Gorge this Thanksgiving weekend, but with the kind of love a parent has for a child.

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BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution
Blow off from a coal train on the BNSF rail line pollutes the eastern Columbia Gorge. (photographer: Julie Coop)

BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Agreement in principle requires study of coal train covers, $1 million in environmental restoration plus coal cleanup

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We've Been Here Before
During the push to federally protect the Columbia Gorge, Friends founders Nancy Russell and Dave Cannard personally lobby Vice-President George H.W. Bush. (Friends' photo archive)

We've Been Here Before

Friday, November 11, 2016

A post-election message from Executive Director Kevin Gorman.

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Wasco County Commission Votes to Deny Rail Expansion Through Mosier
Looking west toward Mosier, OR, from Mosier Plateau, with the Union Pacific rail line running through town. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

Wasco County Commission Votes to Deny Rail Expansion Through Mosier

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Unanimous vote based on violations of Yakama Nation treaty rights; final action next week.

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PRESS ADVISORY: Appeal Hearing on Union Pacific Rail Expansion in Columbia Gorge
June 3, 2016: Smoke rises above Mosier after a Union Pacific unit oil train derailed and caught fire. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

PRESS ADVISORY: Appeal Hearing on Union Pacific Rail Expansion in Columbia Gorge

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Union Pacific Railroad’s permit is challenged by Tribes, conservation groups, and the railroad itself.

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Strange Bedfellows Make Trail Dreams Come True
The Compass Viewpoint on the new Washougal Waterfront Park trail. (photographer: Mitch Hammontree)

Strange Bedfellows Make Trail Dreams Come True

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Executive Director Kevin Gorman on the unlikely alliance that forged a terrific new Gorge trail.

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Applicant Withdraws Coal Export Terminal Proposal on Columbia River at the Port of Morrow
A coal train carries Powder River Basin coal. The coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow would have resulted in this kind of coal being shipped on barges through the Columbia River Gorge. (photo: CarrTracks.com)

Applicant Withdraws Coal Export Terminal Proposal on Columbia River at the Port of Morrow

Friday, October 14, 2016

This is likely the final nail in the coffin for the Morrow Pacific Project.

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A long line of oil tanker cars sits in a Seattle rail yard. (photographer: Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Shell Pulls Plug on 60,000-Barrel-a-Day Oil Facility in Anacortes, WA

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The controversial proposal would have increased oil-by-rail transport through the Columbia River Gorge.

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PRESS RELEASE: Wasco County Approves Rail Expansion 5-2
Aerial shot of Mosier, OR, after a Union Pacific oil train derailed and caught fire there on June 3, 2016. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

PRESS RELEASE: Wasco County Approves Rail Expansion 5-2

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Planning Commission has ignored concerns raised by elected officials, Mosier residents, Tribes, and county staff.

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