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Environmental groups are starting to mobilize in opposition to a planned $500 million propane terminal proposed at the Port of Portland.


The Audubon Society of Portland, 350PDX and other groups are launching campaigns to block the proposal by Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp., which hopes to ship propane by rail to Portland for transfer onto ships bound for Asia.

Dr. Adriana Voss-Andreae, chair of 350PDX, on Wednesday called on Mayor Charlie Hales to reject the terminal, noting that the city recently was named a Climate Action Champion by the Obama administration.

“We think the best way for Mayor Hales to think smarter about his legacy as either a climate champion or a climate hypocrite is to put an end to fossil fuel infrastructure development in the city of Portland, starting with a proposal being developed by one of the most profitable companies in the Canadian tar sands of Alberta, Pembina,” Voss-Andreae stated in a news release.

Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, toured the proposed site on Wednesday and found local Pembina representatives were unable to fully answer his questions about rail safety, potential explosions of propane and other concerns.

“We think there ought to be answers to these questions.” Sallinger says.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission recently announced it will hold a hearing on Pembina’s request for an environmental zone amendment, on Jan. 13.

That may be the public’s lone open forum to provide feedback about the project, Sallinger says.

“We’re certainly opposed to approving the amendment to the environmental zone,” he says. “What we’re calling for is a more complete process.”

To read the city’s report on the requested zone change: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/512520

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