Welcome to Envision Columbia County - OREGON

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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 Testing ​​
   Possibility in  Columbia County
    
    Waterside Energy Development  has an option with the Port of Columbia County to build a biofuels plant at Clatskanie. Due diligence by the Port is a must. The Port must obtain full and complete information about the project and its principals. 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.

Scappoose Bay List of
Comtaminated Sites

     The Pope and Talbot Creosote site in St. Helens is on the Port's February 13, 2019 agenda as Resolution 2019-11. After 10-15 years of research, you would expect more than reports. The Port has spent more than $1.5M on research and still doesn't have a cleanup plan. Perhaps, there should be an audit of the project's expenditures.  
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     In 2016, DEQ staff made a presentation to the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council about five contaminated sites in the Bay. Those sites are:
1.  Boise Veneer Plant
2.  Boise Cascade Pulp and Paper Mill
3.  Former Pope and Talbot Creosote
4.  Armstrong World Industries
5.  Multnomah Plywood


Is the Bay a Industrial Sacrafice Zone?
    The contaminants at the sites immediately impact the health of the people who recreate and fish in the waters of Scappoose Bay, plus contribute to the cumulative impacts of the Lower Columbia River. The cleanup of these sites is at a snails pace. Why is that? For example, DEQ and the Port of Columbia County worked to clean up contamination at Port Westward in 2017 in less than 9 months. The question is why are they dragging their feet in cleaning up Scappoose Bay? 

    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, Pat Trapp, Larry Ericksen and Mike Avent. 

   Three positions on the commission will be on the ballot in May 2019. We can vote for new people to serve on our port district who reflect 21st century values. Time for a change.

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