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Puget Sound Energy to be Tried in Court Over Tacoma LNG Facility

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and five environmental organizations, represented by Earthjustice, challenge Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) permits for the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in a hearing before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

WEC uses all available tools to stop the build-out of new fracked gas facilities for the health of our communities and the future of our environment

In response to this polluting project and egregious conduct, WEC joined the Puyallup Tribe and four other environmental partners to challenge the facility. After a year of delay, multiple days of oral arguments will begin on April 12th.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Key Senate Committee Votes to Advance Clean Fuel Standard

Pressure on Senate Leadership to approve Critical Climate Policy Majority of Washingtonians Consistently Support

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General

Long targeted by fossil fuel expansion, Tacoma takes significant steps toward protecting the Tideflats

The City of Tacoma takes significant steps in improving fossil fuel oversight in the Tideflats.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Our Approach to Carbon Pricing

A key indicator of climate change is found in the ever-increasing rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet; nearly 1.2 trillion tons each year. While the speed of ice loss is now in line with worst-case scenarios for people and our environment, we will not achieve climate justice without racial justice. We must…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 January, 2021 Fracked Gas Refinery and Export Terminal Would Have Significant Climate Impact  Media Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel; Columbia Riverkeeper: (503) 348-2436 The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have…

  • Fossil Fuels

Thousands Urge Washington to Reject Climate-Wrecking Methanol Refinery in Kalama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8 October, 2020 Thousands of Washingtonians are standing up against this dangerous polluting project. Media Contact: Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper (503) 890-2441 dan@columbiariverkeeper.org Lacey, WA — Today, a broad coalition of over 30 community organizations representing tens of thousands of people from across the Northwest urged the Washington Department of…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Analysis Reveals Pollution Potential of Major Methanol Refinery

A new draft environmental analysis evaluates the greenhouse gas impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, Washington.

  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Stop TransMountain: The First Nations’ movement against the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is part of a structurally violent system with a history of violations against Indigenous Rights

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Evergreen Forests
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2020 Session Sees Some Environmental Progress, but Senate Fails to Pass Two Major Climate Bills

Two of four Environmental Priorities passed this session, but major climate action stalled again in the Senate.

  • Fossil Fuels

Puyallup Tribe, Environmental Groups Hit Tacoma LNG with Legal Challenges

Appeals to air permit say project would deepen climate crisis and bring safety risks

  • Fossil Fuels

New state rule continues to leave Washington vulnerable to the threat of tar sands, sinking oils

The Washington Department of Ecology formally adopted updates to the rule governing how companies transporting oil through the state must be prepared to respond to a spill.

  • Fossil Fuels

Tacoma Fracked Gas Facility Faces Continued Opposition Despite Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Permit Approval

Washington communities and advocates reiterated their continued opposition to the fracked gas project, and expect to file an immediate appeal.

  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Requires New Environmental Study For World’s Largest Proposed Fracked Gas-To-Methanol Refinery

Ecology determined the backers of the project failed to provide complete, adequate information to state regulators, and decided to conduct a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

  • Fossil Fuels

Kalama Methanol Refinery faces new federal court challenge

Today, a coalition of public health and environmental groups challenged federal approvals for Northwest Innovation Works’ massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed for Kalama, Washington.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Department of Ecology Finds Kalama Methanol Refinery Review Incomplete, Seeks Information on Spurious Carbon Claims

Washington Department of Ecology put a permit decision on hold for a massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington State Climate Leaders Must Decide on World’s Largest Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery

Washington state regulators have 30 days to deny or approve the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Environmental Review Ignores Climate Impact of Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

The Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County released their final supplemental environmental impact statement for the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed for Kalama, WA.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Court of Appeals Upholds Washington’s Rejection of Millennium Coal Export Terminal

The WA Court of Appeals handed the proposed Millennium coal export terminal another defeat.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Communities Applaud Governor Inslee’s Opposition to Fracked Gas Projects

Washington environmental, public health, and community organizations praised ​Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement opposing continued construction of Puget Sound Energy’s proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma and Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed fracked gas-to-methanol production facility in Kalama.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
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Event to celebrate Washington State taking significant climate action in 2019

Washington State takes significant climate action in 2019! Governor Inslee will be signing legislation, including the strongest clean electricity bill in the nation.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2019 Washington Legislative Session Sees Historic Environmental Wins

From clean energy to orca protection state marks more progress than any time in the last decade

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Federal court dismisses key claim of coal industry lawsuit against state of Washington

Court ruling upholds state’s right to protect clean water

  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound

On Exxon Valdez disaster 30th anniversary, local leaders call on state to protect Washington from major spill

Increased traffic, new types of oil, and less safe ships put local fishing economy, environment, and tribal cultural and treaty rights at risk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2019 Environmental Priorities for WA Legislature Announced

Broad coalition to advance policies for clean energy, orca recovery, oil spill prevention, and plastic pollution

  • Fossil Fuels

State Board Confirms Coal Terminal’s Threat to Clean Water

The state board affirmed Department of Ecology’s denial of a necessary water permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Coal Terminals.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Evergreen Forests
  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound

2018 State of Our Forests and Public Lands Report

Look back on the Commissioner’s first 18 months in office to reflect on where progress has been made, where work still needs to be done, and where things need improvement.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound

U.S. environmental, indigenous leaders to meet with Canada Consulate to reiterate strong opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Thursday afternoon, environmental and indigenous leaders from Washington state will meet with the Consulate General of Canada to reiterate their strong opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project in British Columbia and any increases in tar sands crude oil shipments by tanker, train, or pipeline in Washington state.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

What Comes Next: No to Fossil Fuels, Yes to Climate Action

Our communities are all connected – by the rail lines, by the shorelines, and by our economy. Together we’re moving beyond fossil fuels to our clean energy economy!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels

Trump Administration Threatens Washington’s Clean Car Standards

The Trump Administration is planning to severely weaken the Obama era national clean car standards, we plan to fight back.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

New legislative leadership results in environmental progress

Short 2018 session ends with bipartisan support for oil spill prevention and toxic-free food packaging

  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels

The end comes to North America’s biggest proposed oil-by-rail terminal

The largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in North America is officially dead, thanks to a final vote by Vancouver’s Port Commissioners!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington State Legislature Passes Oil Spill Prevention Act

This important bill provides greater protection to our communities and environment from the risks of transporting oil by marine vessels, trains, and pipelines.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Unanimously Rejected!

The Energy Council responsible for giving Governor Inslee a recommendation on how to proceed on the Tesoro Oil Terminal unanimously voted to disapprove the project!

  • Fossil Fuels

Fourth Permit Denied for Millennium’s Coal Export Terminal

Your hard work keeps paying off. This week, the proposed Millennium coal export terminal was delivered another major roadblock. The Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner denied the shoreline use permits for the proposed Millennium coal export terminal for failing to meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act.

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