This grant would support the work of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) to prevent the export of dangerous fossil fuels through the Columbia Watershed. We bring the voice of health and safety to effective coalitions to prevent the export of coal, oil, and fracked gas. We coordinate teams of local health professionals who educate and advocate for protecting the health of the most vulnerable communities as we resist:
– the largest coal export terminal in the nation (Millennium in Longview, WA)
– the largest gas-to-methanol refinery in the world (Northwest Innovation Works-NWIW in Kalama, WA)
– a related proposal lower on the Columbia (NWIW at Port Westward, OR)
– an oil-by-rail crude oil shipments (Global Partners storage tanks at Port Westward)
– an anhydrous ammonia plant (Pacific Coast Fertilizer’s plant in Longview WA)
– Zenith Energy Management’s tar sands crude oil terminal in NW Portland, OR (Zenith is trying to expand, threatening more crude oil exports along the Columbia)
– Potential bulk fossil fuel facilities in Vancouver, WA
and other emerging threats, like NEXT Energy’s proposed biodiesel facility at Port Westward.
Oregon PSR staff are on the leadership teams of the Power Past Coal, Power Past Fracked Gas, and Stand Up to Oil campaigns.