Columbia Riverkeeper, Clean Columbia County, and others will be discussing coal exports and land use changes in Scappoose, Oregon. At this meeting, they will discuss the potential inter-relationship between coal exports and the Port’s proposed land use change. The Port’s proposal will likely open up more land to be developed for coal exports or other industrial projects.
WHEN: Friday, March 29th (6 pm)
On Monday, April 1st, the Port of St. Helens, the same Port that bent over backwards to permit coal exports at Port Westward, will ask the Columbia County Planning Commission to change its Comprehensive Plan to allow industrial development in an area previously reserved for agricultural uses. Specifically, the Port of St. Helens seeks to rezone 957 acres that could be used for coal-related development. The Kinder Morgan coal terminal proposal could then use this newly designated industrial land, bringing at least a dozen new coal trains through Portland, Scappoose, St. Helens, and other communities each day. If the Port suggests that it is adding major new industrial land for reasons other than coal, the Port will have a lot of explaining to do. Here are the facts: the Port signed a contract with Kinder Morgan promising to find a location for a coal terminal; after PGE rejected the first proposed location, the Port now seeks to rezone a large section of agricultural land with river access for industrial use, which would allow coal.
WHERE: Fultano’s Pizza (51511 SE 2nd Street, Scappoose, Oregon)
Attend the Official Columbia County Planning Commission Hearing to oppose the rapid approval of a land use change that could be used for coal export.
WHEN: Monday, April 1st (6:30 pm)
WHERE: 230 Strand St., St. Helens, Oregon (Rm 351, Circuit Courtroom, 3rd Floor of the Columbia County Courthouse Annex)