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Oregon Sierra Club in the Media 2013

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PUC slaps PacifiCorp for not researching coal alternatives

Sustainable Business Oregon - January 2, 2013

The decision was a victory for coal opposition groups including Sierra Club and utility customer advocates including the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon. Sierra Club argued that PacifiCorp moved forward with improvements to its coal plant in Wyoming before the utility was legally required to do so and shortchanged any research to find alternative energy sources.

Port loses Sierra Club records case

Coos Bay World - January 30, 2013

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay says it will review its public records policies, after a local judge ruled against the port in a dispute with the Sierra Club. Coos County Circuit Court Judge Paula Bechtold ruled Monday that the port violated both Oregon law and the Sierra Club's constitutional rights, by refusing to waive fees for supplying port records to the group.

Ruling rejects $19K in processing fees

Coos Bay World - January 31, 2013

Monday's court ruling against the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay was the latest development in a two-year battle over fees for releasing public records. The Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club filed a public records request in 2011 related to coal export plans. The port responded that it would charge the group more than $19,000 to fulfill the request. In ruling in favor of the Sierra Club Monday, Coos County Circuit Court Judge Paula Bechtold said the port violated public records law by failing to waive the fees.

Judge slams Coos Bay port for 'bad faith' handling of records request on planned coal terminal

The Oregonian - January 31, 2013

A Coos County judge, in a harsh rebuke to the local port district, ruled that the port "abused its discretion" by attempting to discourage the Sierra Club from obtaining public records involving a proposed coal export terminal. Circuit Judge Paula Bechtold ordered the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay to turn over the documents without charge, and awarded the environmental group attorney's fees in the case.

Port loses two partners in coal project

Coos Bay World - March 9, 2013

Coos County Circuit Court Judge Paula Bechtold ruled in January that the port must waive approximately $20,000 in fees under an extensive public records request filed by the Sierra Club. Hamner said the port has yet to decide whether it will appeal Bechtold's ruling.

Oregon lawmakers consider banning motors, seaplanes from Waldo Lake

The Oregonian - March 13, 2013

Whatever the Aviation Board decided would likely have led to litigation, said Brian Pasko, director of the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club. Environmentalists are concerned in particular with possible pollution and the introduction of invasive species from seaplanes. "This lake has been sought after as a place for quiet recreation for well over a decade," Pasko said. "The public has come to expect that from the lake. By allowing four seaplanes, you allow a very small minority to have a very significant impact on the way a majority of folks enjoy the lake."

Environmentalists Announce Water Pollution Lawsuit Over Escaped Coal

KUOW by Ashley Ahearn - April 2, 2013

The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper and other environmental groups have sent a notice of intent to sue BNSF Railway and several coal companies for violations of the Clean Water Act. "This letter has informed them of their illegal discharge of coal dust in chunks and other potentially dangerous material into the Columbia River and other Northwest waterways in violation of the federal clean water act," said Cesia Kearns with the Sierra Club's Power Past Coal campaign.

Good News for Waldo Lake!

Eugene Weekly - May 13, 2013

Efforts to save Waldo Lake may be paying off for clean water enthusiasts and lovers of Oregon's lakes and forests. A bill has passed in both the Senate and House in the Oregon Leglislature that would ban float planes from landing on the lake. Removing polluting motors from the pristine lake has been a conentious issue with efforts by the Forest Service, conservationists and others fought at every step. The bill now gets sent to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign into law. Here is the info from the Sierra Club.

Waldo Lake gas engine ban sent to governor

Eugene Register-Guard - May 13, 2013

Environmental groups that for years have pushed for a ban on all gasoline-powered engines were relieved. "Waldo Lake is a unique Oregon treasure," said Brian Pasko, director of the Sierra Club's Oregon chapter. "Today's action by the Oregon Legislature will protect Waldo Lake's unique ecology and ensure that it is a place for quiet recreation and solitude to be enjoyed by Oregonians for generations to come."

Oregon House gives final legislative approval of ban on motors, seaplanes on Waldo Lake

The Oregonian - May 13, 2013

"Waldo Lake is a unique Oregon treasure," Brian Pasko, director of the Sierra Club's Oregon chapter, said in a prepared statement. "Today's action by the Oregon Legislature will protect Waldo Lake's unique ecology and ensure that it is a place for quiet recreation and solitude to be enjoyed by Oregonians for generations to come."

National Monument status sought for Owyhee Canyonlands

Sisters Nugget - May 30, 2013

Sierra Club representative Borden Beck is one of those dedicated to permanently preserving the Owhyee. Here we are still waiting for Congress to do something," said Beck at a recent Sierra Club gathering in Bend. Clearly frustrated by the inability of Congress to act, Beck accused the last Congress of "being the first since 1964 to not pass any wilderness legislation."

In from the coal: Sierra Club files new dust suit

Sustainable Business Oregon - June 5, 2013

The debate over coal shipments through the Northwest amped up again Wednesday when the Sierra Club, in a lawsuit, charged several companies with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Columbia River: Groups weigh in on treaty

The Oregonian - June 5, 2013

"The treaty's benefits in hydropower and flood control for the United States and Canada came with wrenching costs for tribes and first nations, salmon and the river's health," said Rhett Lawrence, conservation director for the Sierra Club's Oregon chapter. "A modernized treaty must help both nations jointly prepare the Columbia and Snake watersheds with resilience and health for the climate change that is upon us."