Welcome to Envision Columbia County - OREGON

A citizens' group based in St. Helens, Oregon
We are working together to make a difference in our community
We create opportunities for citizens to interact with decision-makers
 Local Report - a must read:"Financial backers of Global Partners and Zenith Energy are heavily invested in Canadian tar sands and Bakken shale oil developments. These investments are driving a current surge in rail-based shipments of oil through the Columbia River basin, and there are big plans underway to significantly expand these operations at the companies’ terminals in Portland and Port Westward."  Available here.​​

       Tar Sands Oil arriving
in Columbia County

   Global Partners, LLC, a Waltham, Massachusetts oil company, received approval on December 12, 2018 to ship heavier crude oil though an amended lease with the Port of Columbia County. That lease would allow tar sands oil to be stored and shipped at the Clatskanie terminal. The oil would come by unit trains up to 1.5 miles long. When there is a spill, we know that tar sands oil is difficult to remove from rivers and soil. Our drinking water and our fish and wildlife will be "wholly destroyed." The cities of St. Helens and Columbia City take their drinking water from the Columbia River. Without water you do not have a city... you do not have jobs. Without clean water for salmon, we destroy the keystone, endangered salmon species in the Columbia River.
Oregon Campaign Finance
in the news
  Rob Davis of The Oregonian Newspaper wrote a four part series on Oregon campaign finance.

          NEXT Energy ​​ 9/4/2019
80 Year Lease

    Would you sign a lease for 80 years for a startup business? The Port of Columbia County did that. 3 to 2 vote of port commissioners. 
   This is a start-up company with a bad track record. We are concerned about the viability and integrity of this project because of a history of failed projects and unpaid bills. 

The Port Commissioners can unwittingly become entangled in a business which constructs a bio-fuels refinery, the business fails, and then the facility is sold and flipped for use by an entirely different business. In such a case, decision-makers unwittingly create a potential for environmental harm to sensitive lands, organic crops, and endangered species of the Columbia River. 
Our Vision
  A commitment to our quality of life, safety of our communities and the stewardship of a healthy Columbia River as our sacred trust.
Our Values
  Practicing openness and transparency, through honesty, respect, citizens’ rights, quality of life and rights of nature.

    What to Do?

    Join the people who stand up for our residents and extended community. The people involved in this decision need to hear from you collectively. Global Partners purchased a facility built for ethanol and then flipped it for shipping dirty oil via rail cars and the Columbia River.

   Contact your elected officials and let them know how you feel about oil trains and expanding the oil terminal at Clatskanie on the Columbia River.  Call the Port Commissioners who made this decision. Contact: Chris Iverson, Robert Keyser, Larry Ericksen, Nancy Ward and Chip Bubl. 

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