Until a few weeks ago it looked likely that Portland would be able to shut down Zenith Energy's oil train operations in NW Portland. But then, without any public notice, Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan abruptly changed course and approved the land use compatibility statement that the city had previously denied. This can allow Zenith to renew its expired clean air permit from DEQ and proceed to expand its operations.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dan Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper's Conservation Director, about the threat that Zenith's operations pose to our region and the latest efforts to stop it.
You can reach Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan here: 503-823-3589 and let him know what you think about Zenith Energy.
Find out more about stopping Zenith Energy at this community forum:
What’s Up With Zenith Energy & The Critical Infrastructure Hub: Rumble on the River Community Forum #2
Wednesday, November 16th
Info Tables @ 6:00-8:00 PM
Panel @ 6:30-8:00 PM
St Luke Lutheran Church
4595 SW California (near the Southwest Community Center)
“Rumble on the River” is a series of free community-driven forums designed to inform and activate around the threats to public health, safety, and our environment stemming from Portland’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub—CEI Hub and the Zenith Energy Facility. The CEI Hub is a six-mile stretch of old tank farms, located in NW Portland along the Willamette River. Within the CEI Hub is Zenith, which brings dangerous oil trains through our communities. The CEI Hub holds more than 90% of all liquid fuel in Oregon. The entire CEI Hub is in an earthquake liquefaction zone. The predicted earthquake would be catastrophic for our communities, the ecosystem, and the Lower Columbia River.
Dan Serres-Conservation Director/Columbia Riverkeeper
Dr Patricia Kullberg-Former medical director for Multnomah County Health Department
Bob Sallinger-Director of Conservation/Portland Audubon
Margaret Butler-Grassroots Climate Organizer/Former Union Organizer & President of Portland Jobs with Justice
Moderator: Samantha Hernandez-Climate Justice Organizer/ Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
More Info: 503-705-1943