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Oregon Sierra Club in the Media 2011

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Oregon names new state forester

Associated Press - January 26, 2011

The appointment won praise from the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club, which has clashed with the board over efforts to increase timber production from the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in the northwestern corner of the state at the expense of fish and wildlife habitat. "Our experience working with Mr. Decker has shown him to be open-minded and willing to work with stakeholders in the environmental community on a variety of issues," conservation director Ivan Maluski said in a statement.

Cougar bill draws heated testimony

Capital Press - March 11, 2011

"Ivan Maluski, conservation coordinator for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club, said Oregon law already gives the state authority to deputize agents to use dogs to hunt cougars. The bills, he said, are not needed to control problem cougars."

LNG Critics Worry Focus For Jordan Cove Changing

OPB News - March 17, 2011

Opponents of LNG say that means the focus for Jordan Cove may be changing. Brian Pasko directs the Oregon Sierra Club. "This is something that we've been speculating about for a long time. And that is something that is not in the interests of Oregonians in any way."

Earthquake Unlikely To Trigger Nuclear Disaster In Northwest

OPB News - March 17, 2011

Brian Pasko with the Oregon Sierra Club isn't worried about the small reactors on college campuses. Big plants like the Columbia station are a different story. Brian Pasko: "Energy companies that are claiming that there's no risk at their facilities, these are coming from the same industry that was claiming the same thing in Japan months ago."

Palomar natural gas pipeline shelved

Portland Business Journal - March 23, 2011

"The withdrawal of the permit for the Palomar gas pipeline today is a huge victory for the people of Oregon," Ivan Maluski, conservation director for the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a prepared statement. Maluski said the LNG and pipeline projects posed a significant threat to farms, forests and rivers. The eastern portion of the pipeline threatened old growth forests as well as scenic river areas in the Mt. Hood National Forest. "With renewed concern over the potential for large-scale earthquakes in our region in coming decades, Oregonians should continue to question proposals to build massive gas pipelines and LNG infrastructure that pose both environmental and public safety risks," Maluski said.

Palomar withdraws pipeline application

Molalla Pioneer - March 23, 2011

Oregon Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Director Ivan Maluski also celebrated last week's application withdrawal. "LNG development and the Palomar pipeline have posed one of the most significant threats to farms, forests and rivers in the Willamette Valley and Mt. Hood National Forest over the past decade," Maluski said. "With renewed concern over the potential for large-scale earthquakes in our region in coming decades, Oregonians should continue to question proposals to build massive gas pipelines and LNG infrastructure that pose both environmental and public safety risks."

Wolf bills hearing: 5 moments to remember

OPB's Ecotrope Blog - March 31, 2011

Ivan Maluski of the Sierra Club nicknamed bill HR3562 the "Little Red Riding Hood Bill" and HR3563 the "Three Little Pigs Bill." His point? Current laws allow people to kill an endangered species in self-defense, so his group sees no need for a state law underscoring that right.

Cattlemen pack wolf hearing

East Oregonian - April 1, 2011

"We feel like we've gone through the process of making strong compromises in the past that forged the wolf conservation plan," said Suzanne Stone of Defenders of Wildlife. The bills, said Ivan Maluski of the Sierra Club, "go back on the spirit of that compromise." "We can't just allow folks to kill wolves just because they come close to their livestock," Maluski said.

Time to protect Oregon's 'Grand Canyon'

Oregon Live Guest Column - April 2, 2011

The amazing character of the Owyhee Canyonlands was first discovered by explorers in the early 1800s, and its potential for permanent protection has been recognized for many decades. In the face of Congressional inaction, Oregonians should join together and call upon our President to protect Oregon's "Grand Canyon" before it is too late.

Compensation for losses caused by wolves hangs in the balance

Oregon Capitol News - April 6, 2011

Ivan Maluski, a lobbyist for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club, said that the environmental community was in favor of such a compensation project when the original wolf reintroduction plan was passed in 2005. "The key here is we need to try to get the compensation bill right in order for it to be effective," said Maluski. Therefore, his organization's preference would be for the project to be run by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In contrast, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association would rather have it run by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Bill would lift ban on hunting cougars with dogs

Associated Press - April 20, 2011

"With this bill, we're making decisions about cougars that are based more on emotion than good science and good wildlife management," said Ivan Maluski, conservation director for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club, an environmental group.

Experts find Ore. state forest plans lacking

Associated Press - April 28, 2011

Ivan Maluski of Sierra Club said the report showed that the department was stuck in the past, and should have considered the science before developing forest policies. He added that the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests are important resources for outdoor recreation, such as hunting and fishing, which rivaled their ability to produce timber.

Marys Peak: ‘We learn to love it’

Albany Democratic Herald - May 16, 2011

The Oregon Chapter's Marys Peak Group (Corvallis area) Outings Chair, Doris deLespinasse, discusses the Group's namesake, Marys Peak.


Eugene Weekly - May 19, 2011

Ivan Maluski of the Sierra Club, who attended the April 29 meeting, said the science review found that the state "did a really good job figuring out how to get the cut out," but did not do as good a job taking into account issues like habitat and recreation. The department, he said, was criticized for not taking the "best available science" into account.

Sierra Club arranges solar installation discounts for members

Portland Tribune - June 13, 2011

The environmental lobbying group has been leading a campaign to oppose the use of coal-fired electric plants in Oregon and elsewhere, because of their high emissions that cause air pollution and contribute to global warming. Now the group says it's doing something to provide an alternative to coal-fired plants.

Sierra Club Offers Solar Deal

Ashland Daily Tidings - June 20, 2011

Sierra Club Oregon Chapter Director Brian Pasko said residents can save thousands of dollars on their electricity bills and support green energy by having solar systems installed. "Moving Oregon beyond the use of coal as an energy source has been a key priority for the Sierra Club for years, and this new program is integral to the success of that campaign," Pasko said.

Oregon Sierra Club partners with RS Energy to offer discounts to homeowners

Clean Energy Authority - June 23, 2011

"We're thrilled about this opportunity to empower our members and supporters to save thousands of dollars on their energy bills and be part of shaping Oregon's clean energy future," Brian Pasko, director of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter, said in a press release. "Moving Oregon beyond the use of coal as an energy source has been a key priority for the Sierra Club for years, and this new program is integral to the success of that campaign,"

State Considers Future Of Clatsop County Forests

OPB News - July 5, 2011

The new plan increases annual clearcuts from 1100 acres a year, to more than 1500 acres. "It's a really significant shift to clear-cutting." That's Ivan Maluski with the Oregon Sierra Club. "It ends up adding up to 20 square miles of clearcuts over the next decade, under the current proposal."

Coal-fired power plant reaches emissions deal

Cogeneration Magazine - July 19, 2011

Portland General Electric Co., the Sierra Club and other environmental groups lodged a consent decree with the U.S. District Court in Portland to resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations at the 610 MW coal-fired Boardman power plant in Oregon.

PGE settles lawsuit over emissions at Boardman coal-fired power plant

The Oregonian - July 19, 2011

Portland General Electric and environmental groups have agreed to settle a lawsuit over emissions at Oregon's only coal-fired power plant, a deal that helps ensure the plant's early closure by the end of 2020. The settlement stops short of shutting down the Boardman plant before 2020, as the Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper and three other environmental groups favored. But if a U.S. District Court judge approves it, the deal provides a court-enforceable order to shutter the plant in nine years.

PGE to cut emissions at coal-fired plant Utility reaches settlement with environmental group

The Columbian - July 19, 2011

Portland General Electric, owner of a northeastern Oregon coal-fired plant that is a major source of air pollution in the Columbia River Gorge, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to restore land on both sides of the Columbia River, create clean-energy jobs and reduce pollution in advance of a 2020 state-mandated deadline for ending the burning of coal at its Boardman plant. The settlement was announced Tuesday by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and the Hells Canyon Preservation Council and by PGE.

PGE, environmental groups reach Boardman settlement

Sustainable Business Oregon - July 19, 2011

Portland General Electric Co. on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement with the Sierra Club and other environmental groups to settle a lawsuit over emissions from its coal-fired power plant near Boardman.

Foresters plan phased approach to harvest

The Daily Astorian - July 20, 2011

The Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club criticized the management plans for failing to protect at-risk species like salmon or spotted owls. Ivan Maluski, conservation program coordinator at the chapter said the department's phased approach isn't enough to protect wildlife. "Unless the board of forestry starts to prioritize permanently protecting salmon and old forests, this plan is going to remain flawed," he said.

In Our View: A Win for Clean Air
Environmentalists, PGE announce agreement; shift to coal-free power production continues

The Columbian Editorial - July 21, 2011

It would be better if that goal were met sooner, but to have definite plans in place this year for the first time shows how hard Pacific Northwesterners are willing to work to clean up our air. Congratulations to the numerous environmental groups in both states that have collaborated so effectively with each other and with their adversaries to reach these legislative and legal milestones.

Lawsuit funds to aid habitat restoration

East Oregonian - July 25, 2011

Some $625,000 of a $2.5 million fund established this week as a result of an air pollution lawsuit against Portland General Electric will go to environmental and habitat restoration projects in Northeast Oregon. In 2008, the council, along with Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups filed a lawsuit in federal court over air pollution from PGE's coal-fired power plant in Boardman.

Environmentalists Rap a Longtime Senate Ally Over His Efforts to Curb EPA Regs

New York Times - August 18, 2011

"It was a real surprise to see him involved in legislation to overturn a very important court ruling to protect clean water and fish here in Oregon," said Ivan Maluski, conservation director for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club. Maluski said he had attended meetings with Wyden staff where the lawsuit and its implications for timber road permitting were discussed, "but we didn't get an advanced warning that a bill was about to be introduced," he said… There's widespread disappointment in the senator's positions on these issues, and that does not help," Maluski said. "His office is having to do damage control with a segment of Oregon he has traditionally been aligned with in many ways, and that costs political capital."

PacifiCorp asked for more details after regulators' initial review of utility's long-term resource plan

The Oregonian - August 19, 2011

Gloria Smith, senior staff attorney for the Sierra Club, complained Friday that PacifiCorp has kept most of the detailed economic assumptions in its analysis confidential, making it impossible for outsiders to vet the coal plan. She said in an interview that Oregon's regulators would be key gatekeepers, as their counterparts in Utah and Wyoming, where most of the coal plants and associated mines are located, were apt to approve the plans with less scrutiny.

New Deals Shaking up Solar Industry

Portland Tribune - September 15, 2011

You'd think Oregon Sierra Club director Brian Pasko would have installed solar panels long ago. Same with Glenn Montgomery, executive director of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association. But both men just added solar panels to their homes this year, lured by two new options that are shaking up Oregon's solar industry and bringing solar power to a broader sector of people.

LNG Project Officials Considering Export Terminal

OPB News - September 19, 2011

Some opponents of the plan include Ivan Maluski, Conservation Director for the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club. "There's a bit of a bait and switch going on," Maluski said. "In many ways it's not a surprise. We've known for some time that LNG export is what these guys have been wanting to do." "In addition to environmental impact in Oregon from piplelines crossing rivers, farms and forests to dredging sensitive estuaries and bays, LNG export would have tremendous negative impacts on the economy," Maluski said.

Oregon's wolf population: Agency puts politics ahead of conservation

The Oregonian - October 2, 2011

Opinion Editorial by Sierra Club and Oregon Wild: "The choice made by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue the kill orders, and Gov. John Kitzhaber's support for this verdict, put politics ahead of conservation and ignored the will of the overwhelming majority of Oregonians, who flooded the department's offices with calls and emails."

Kitzhaber recommends four areas for new federal wilderness protection

Portland Tribune - October 10, 2011

Kitzhaber proposed adding areas in and around the wild and scenic stretch of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon; Devil's Staircase, in the Coast Range west of Eugene; and Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven, along the John Day River in north center Oregon. Environmental groups, including Oregon Wild and the Sierra Club applauded Kitzhaber's move.

Plastic bag ban gets push

Corvallis Gazette Times - October 21, 2011

If Debra Higbee-Sudyka had it her way, single-use plastic bags soon will be a thing of the past. She might get her wish - in Corvallis, at least. Higbee-Sudyka and other members of the Environmental Action Team of the Sierra Club's Marys Peak Group are in the hunt for 1,000 signatures that they hope will help them pass a city ordinance banning single-use carry-out plastic bags.

Chemical weapon stockpile destroyed at Oregon's Umatilla site

Los Angels Times - October 26, 2011

Bob Palzer, chemical weapons coordinator for the Sierra Club in Oregon, said very little monitoring for emissions other than chemical agents was conducted.

"The kinds of monitoring they did at the site wouldn't detect releases [of other materials] in a timely manner. They were looking specifically for agent, but in fact there would be other compounds that were virtually as hazardous, and there was not monitoring done for that," Palzer said in an interview.

Occupy Portland to march with Sierra Club Tuesday at noon

The Oregonian - November 1, 2011

The Sierra Club is joining the protesters of Occupy Portland at noon today for a demonstration against corporate polluters. A news release from the Sierra Club says, "The Sierra Club affirmed its support for the Occupy Wall Street movement's effort to hold corporations accountable for polluting our air, land and water. . . . Tomorrow, the group will stand with Occupy Portland protesters in saying 'enough.'"

Occupy Portland, Sierra Club demonstrate against corporate polluters

The Oregonian - November 1, 2011

Sierra Club member Laura Stevens, working on the group's Beyond Coal campaign, told the gathering, "Thanks to Big Coal, one in 12 American women have mercury levels in her blood high enough to put an unborn child at risk for mercury poisoning."

Sierra Club Visits Occupy Portland Site

OPB News - November 2, 2011

The Sierra Club supporters had four specific aims. They want to end subsidies for large oil and coal companies; implement stronger protections against mercury poisoning; stop the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S.; and oppose exporting coal through Pacific Northwest ports. Rachel Langley lived at Occupy Portland for two weeks and is a spokeswoman for the Oregon Sierra Club.

Council sends bag ban to committee

Corvallis Gazette Times - November 8, 2011

The ordinance, which is the brainchild of the Sierra Club's Marys Peak Group, brought a few dozen people to the noon meeting, and about 10 spoke in front of the council. Testimony was heavily in support of the ordinance with a few opposed.

Is a ban in the bag?

The Register-Guard - November 28, 2011

Environment Oregon and local chapters of the Sierra Club and other groups began pushing for Oregon cities to pass bans after an attempt at a statewide ban died in the Legislature last summer.

Could coal put port in the black?

Coos Bay World - December 3, 2011

'We're opposed to exporting coal because it would have environmental, health, safety and economic impacts all along the line," said Laura Stevens, an Portland-based organizer for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.