|In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access. Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.|
| May 10 FERC Still Weighing a Jordan Cove Rerun|
Artist's conception of proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal. Courtesy of FERC.Rumors of Jordan Cove’s revival have been greatly exaggerated, at least to date.
We celebrated at the news in March that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had denied the applications of Jordan Cove (the proposed LNG export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit) and Pacific Connector (the pipeline that would have carried the natural gas to it), determining that they had not demonstrated a public benefit that would outweigh the potential harm to landowners and communities.
Veresen (the company behind Jordan Cove) and Williams (the company partnering with Veresen on the pipeline) promptly filed an appeal to FERC for a re-hearing.
In the latest news, FERC announced that it would take more time to decide whether to grant a re-hearing. Contrary to the reactions of some to the news, FERC did not grant the re-hearing, still less reverse the denial. Confusion was created because FERC’s decision was termed a “re-hearing.” The agency had 30 days from the time the appeal was filed to make a decision, so, in order to delay, it granted a re-hearing “for the limited purpose of further consideration” of whether to conduct an actual re-hearing. This is a commonly used extension in the FERC process, and doesn’t in itself indicate anything about the agency’s leanings. At present, the denial is still in effect. It would be highly unusual for FERC to rescind its decision (although it was also highly unusual for it to reject an application for an energy development in the first place).
State agencies are continuing with their permitting processes, and Oregon Shores is very active in these. The Department of State Lands currently has an unprecedented removal/fill permit in front of it for the pipeline, and last Friday made the announcement that they are extending their
| May 8 Rockaway Planning Commission Denies Riprap Demand|
The final order is in: The planning commission for the city of Rockaway Beach, after long delay, has officially turned down the controversial application by developer Tai Dang for a riprap structure to protect his threatened rental property. The planning commission held two hearings, at the applicant's request, and then delayed while the city's attorney negotiated with Mr. Dang's attorneys. But ...
| Sun Jun 12 Community Science Day at Otter Rock Coming Up |
Celebrating the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Photo by Briton Ogden.Join us on June 25 for a special day devoted to the Otter Rock Marine Reserve and the citizen science work that CoastWatch conducts there. This occasion will also be the debut of our newly organizing CoastWatch Community Science Team for Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event.
The Otter Rock Marine Reserve Community Science Day activities will take place in the marine garden area to the north of the community of Otter Rock (CoastWatch Mile 225). Watch for the signs at the public restrooms, pointing you toward the trail.
Things kick off at 9 a.m., when Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will lead a walk exploring both tidepools and beach wrack. Throughout the morning, veteran Hatfield Marine Science Center educator, Athena Crichton will be in the tidepools to answer any questions. Assisted by Karen Driscoll, a CoastWatcher who will serve as coordinator of the new community science team, Fawn will offer demonstrations of two of our citizen science projects, the marine debris and sea star surveys.
At about 10:30 a.m., Jane Dolliver, former program coordinator for COASST (the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team), and now a graduate student at Oregon State University, will talk about beached birds and discuss techniques for monitoring them. Fawn will give a short talk on the other citizen science projects CoastWatch organizes. Then it will be time for a picnic with hot dogs and s’mores. Finally, at about 1:00 p.m., Fawn will lead another walk, this one focusing on the driftline, since high tide will be in by that time.
The Community Science Day offers an opportunity to learn more about coastal natural history and citizen science, as well as to socialize with fellow beach lovers. The hope is that some participants will be inspired to get engaged in citizen science projects (whether at Otter Rock or elsewhere). We’re also looking for enthusiastic citizen scientists who might be interested in serving as leaders for the new CoastWatch Community Science Team, which will serve to coordinate our seven citizen science projects in the Otter Rock Marine Reserve area and assist Fawn Custer in providing public education about shoreline science and engaging the local community with the marine reserve.
For information about the Community Science Day, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in helping with the Community Science Team, contact Karen Driscoll at (503) 435-8229, email@example.com.
| Mon Mar 28 NEW This Summer’s Shoreline Science Workshop Now on the Calendar |
CoastWatch will offer only one Shoreline Science Workshop this summer, instead of the usual three. The good news is that we’re giving you plenty of advance notice to sign up for the one that will take place. It will be held July 8-10 at the Depoe Bay Community Hall (220 S.E. Bay Street). Online registration is now available. These workshops, by now a CoastWatch tradition, are led by ecologist ...
| Apr 17 Oregon LNG Threat Appears to Have Ended|
Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.In surprising and extremely hopeful news, Oregon LNG has withdrawn its application to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. Oregon LNG informed both the city of Warrenton and the state's Department of Environmental Quality on Friday, April 15, that it would not continue with its appeal of the Warrenton hearings officer's decision to deny the permit on the grounds of interference with fish habitat and recreational activity protected under the city’s comprehensive plan.
Hundreds of people and many local groups have fought this LNG proposal for a decade. The outcome is a remarkable victory for citizen involvement. Community activists in Astoria and all along the proposed 87-mile pipeline route can take credit for a stellar example of grassroots organizing.
Oregon Shores' role has been working in partnership with Columbia Riverkeeper on the land use and legal issues raised for the permit applications for the proposed $6 million terminal and pipeline. Columbia Riverkeeper took the lead in opposing Oregon LNG’s land use application to the city of Warrenton for the site of the proposed export facility, with attorney Courtney Johnson, who represents us through our Coastal Law Project, providing key support. The city's hearings officer found for us on several points and rejected the application.
Oregon Shores took the lead in opposing Oregon LNG's appeal to the Warrenton city council. We would like to believe that the comments we submitted in opposition to the appeal terrified Oregon LNG into giving up....but really, while we take pride in our contribution to the cause, many dedicated people succeeded in organizing determined resistance that attacked the would-be developers on many fronts and appears to have fended off this potential environmental disaster. Oregon LNG was already facing votes opposing the project from the Astoria City Council and Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, which denied land use permitting for the pipeline.
We will be watching carefully to see if the company has any further tricks up its corporate sleeve, but this just may the happy end of a long, long battle.
| Jun 12 NEW Here’s an Opportunity to Express Your Coastal Values|
What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know. They are conducting a survey of Oregonians that seeks to understand how Oregon residents ...
| Jun 11 NEW Time to Re-Enroll to Benefit Oregon Shores through Community Rewards|
If you are already enrolled in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program and benefiting every time you shop, it is time for the annual re-enrollment in the program. And if you haven’t signed up to painlessly assist Oregon Shores with each purchase, there is no time like the present. The re-enrollment period runs through June 30. After that, you will be dropped from the program, although you can ...
| Mar 31 OPAC Takes Up Rocky Shores and Marine Reserves|
Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council met in Newport in early April hear reports on several topics of keen interest to coastal conservationists. Among these were the current status of the Marine Reserve Program, with a focus on the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve; a recent report by the council’s Science Panel on ocean acidification; and a discussion of coastal resilience and how that factors into ...
| Jun 7 2015 Photographers Invited to Help Oregon Shores Illustrate Our Work|
As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer ...