|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 NEW 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 ...
| Mon Mar 28 NEW This Summer’s Shoreline Science Workshop Now on the Calendar |
Students sampling during past year's shoreline science workshop. Photo by Michael Coe. 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 Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History. Three full days of instruction cover rocky shore, beach and estuarine habitats in depth, and touch on forests, the nearshore ocean, marine mammals, tides and oceanography, citizen science and many other topics. Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather).
We are pioneering a comprehensive approach toward our citizen science projects, with the Otter Rock Marine Reserve area our first area of focus, which is why we are returning to Depoe Bay after having held one of last year’s workshops there.
If you would like to reserve a place offline, paying by check, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Incidentally, Stewart Schultz had schedule constraints this year, but we plan to resume holding three workshops next summer.)
| 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.
| May 2 Oregon Shores Endorses Outdoor School Campaign|
The Oregon Shores board was eager to sign on as supporters of the campaign to restore the Outdoor School tradition and make sure no child is left inside. Outdoor School has been a milepost for Oregon youth for more than 50 years, but today, less than half of all students get the chance to participate in this often life-changing educational experience. The Save Outdoor School for All campaign ...
| Apr 17 Newest Member Brings Education Background to Board|
At its most recent meeting on Saturday, April 9, the Oregon Shores Board of Directors augmented its ranks by voting Patrick Willis to an interim seat. (Under Oregon Shores’ by-laws, the board can appoint new members between annual membership meetings. Such board appointees then stand for election before the membership at the annual meeting.) Pat Willis brings over 25 years of educational ...
| 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 ...