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The campaign for a stronger wastewater permit for the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo continues (outfall is off Nye Beach). On Aug 1st, the Newport Chapter voted to file a Petition of Reconsideration with DEQ to present formal legal and scientific arguments for the agency to reconsider the terms of the July 14 issued permit. This represents the last administrative option for Surfrider to advocate for improved monitoring and additional pollution prevention technology implementation. Thank you to the nearly dozen members of Surfrider’s Oregon Environmental Issues Team (scientists, attorneys, permit afficianados, etc) who are volunteering their personal time to help pull this document together under a 60 day deadline. Also, major thanks to CRAG and NEDC for providing pro bono support to make this happen. You all ROCK!!
Residents in the Coos Bay area are currently grappling with a proposal to establish a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in North Bend. Under the proposal a terminal for large ships would be established in Jordan Cove, as well as a 30 mile pipeline to Klamath Falls. As part of the permitting process, an application is being prepared for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Despite extensive testimony and inquiries at recent public forums, the Coos County Board of Commissioners and North Bend City Council have thus far refrained from taking a position on the issue. Concerns expressed by the public have included environmental, safety, aesthetics, etc. Stay tuned for more info…
All interested individuals are welcome to attend the August volunteer training. We’ll be discussing Event Planning 101, volunteer opportunity creation and delegation, and state wide campaigns. Location will be NEWPORT. Port Dock 1 Newport Port Dock One – 325 SW Bay Blvd. Upstairs in the back room. Across the street from Ripley’s. (541)265-2911.
We’ll begin at 11:30 until about 4:30. Depending on number of attendees lunch and dinner will be paid for by Surfrider. Hope to see you there!
Common Ground will screen in Portland on September 12, 2006, 7-9pm at Audubon Society of Portland’s Nature Night. For details and directions: Click here.
Screening of Common Ground for the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee http://www.mpa.gov that will be meeting in Newport on October 10-12, 2006. Their meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunities for public testimony at the meeting.
On Friday, Aug 25th, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet in Brookings from 9am – 5pm at the Best Western Beachfront Inn. Convened by Governor Ted Kulongoski, the OPAC will be discussing the National Marine Sanctuary proposal, Marine Reserves, and Oregon’s Recurrent Hypoxic Zone. It’s important for Surfrider members to participate at each meeting. The OPAC is accepting public comments from 11:30 a.m. to noon and again from 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. A full agenda for the day is available at the OPAC website. Please take advantage of this opportunity to speak out so we can help ensure a healthy ocean for all Oregonians.
The most severe low-oxygen ocean conditions ever observed on the West Coast of the U.S. have turned parts of Oregon’s ocean into a “dead zone”, a new survey shows. According to researchers at Oregon State, this is by far the worst such event since the phenomenon was first identified in 2002. Levels of dissolved oxygen are approaching zero in some locations, functioning to suffocate marine life on a massive scale. The cause of the “dead zone” is believed to be strong upwelling winds which have allowed a low-oxygen pool of deep water to build up near shore. For more info: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Aug06/dieoff.html