Monday, November 25, 2013

Good news! It's not over yet folks!

As I explained in the last e-mail Clean Columbia County voted unanimously to appeal the re-zoning of Port Westward from Prime Agricultural to Rural Industrial. There's MORE good news!Columbia Riverkeeper has agreed to help our community challenge this rezone! They will team up with the Crag Law Center to challenge the rezone with the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). 

At stake are nearly 837 acres of industrial development for "bulk commodoties" like coal and oil. 

The destruction of prime farmland, river wildlife habitat and peacefulness. 

The potential for dozens of new coal and oil trains (the oil trains are already running as we speak) every day disrupting Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier! These train oil tanks are poorly designed as we have seen in accidents in Alabama and Quebec (where 47 people were killed). The railroad insists there is no need to improve them because it is too expensive.

A private law firm would cost $50,000 to take on this appeal. Columbia Riverkeeper will need to raise at least $15,000. They do this work for far lower costs because they believe in the good work they do protecting our communities. They have had big successes including two victories at LUBA over the Bradwood Landing LNG project.

There is no guarantee of success but they will do everything they can to save our communities. That includes appealing the rezone to LUBA, and opposing the "Regionally Significant Industrial Area" designation under senate bill 766, which fast tracks industrial development without public input.

Can you make a tax deductable donation to Columbia Riverkeeper's Port Westward fund to help them raise $15,000 to appeal the rezone. Here is a link to their Port Westward fund. For online donations please indicate in the box designated "This donation is in honor of" that your donation is a contribution to the Port Westward Fund. 

Legal Fund. Checks can be mailed to:
Columbia Riverkeeper
111 Thrid Street
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Please write Port Westward Legal Fund in the memo line of your check.

Thank you all for sticking with us! We need you now more than ever!
Best Wishes,
Tracy Prescott-MacGregor

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