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DEQ and they has accepted the Petition for Reconsideration. (See below article on this page for more information on the petition.) The time frame for the reconsideration is not determined at this time. DEQ will consider the points we have raised in the Petition, modify the terms of the permit if they deem necessary and then issue the permit for a public review and comment process. In the interim, GP will be required to operate under the terms of the new permit because DEQ feels that the new permit has stronger requirements that address some of the public concerns regarding the permit. This is a huge victory for Surfrider Foundation volunteers, local water and beach users and the environment. A big thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this. Click here to read an article about this is at the Statesman-Journal site.
Check out Surf Slam brought to you by Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation! A benefit concert at Berbati’s (SW 3rd and Ankeny) in Portland. Time: 8pm Admission: Only $5 (21+ only). Featuring the bands Mars Needs Women and The Stood Ups. Plus there will be a special screening of the film Nelscott Reef Beachbreak capturing an epic winter of big surf on the Oregon Coast! Learn about Surfrider’s ongoing campaigns on to protect water quality, ocean habitats, and surf access in Oregon. Plus volunteer opportunities currently available. This event benefits the Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Bring your friends, it will be killer!!
In recent months, two wave energy projects have been proposed off the Oregon coast. New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies filed a pre-application permit in July with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a commercial wave project in Reedsport. Under the proposal, electricity would be generated from buoys in a wave park about 2.5 miles off the coast and anchored in water about 165 feet deep. More recently, Lincoln County filed an application with FERC for a wave energy project that would be a partnership between public and private entities. According to Lincoln County reps, the project has the long-term potential to meet the entire county’s energy needs. Surfrider is working to gather information on potential benefits and costs, as well as provide opportunities for local members to particpate in these upcoming federal permitting processes. For more info:
On Oct 10-12, the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee will meet in Newport at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The meeting will include discussion of the Draft National System Framework as well as a panel on MPAs in Oregon. Public comments are accepted on 4pm Tuesday and 8am on Thursday. This is great opportunity to talk about protecting special ocean and coastal places on Oregon’s coast! Hope to see you there. http://mpa.gov/fac/fac_meetings.html
On Sept 18 the Governors of WA, OR, and CA announced an historic agreement to collectively address declining ocean health off the west coast. At a press conference in Portland, Governors Ted Kulongoski (OR) and Christine Gregoire (WA) (see photo) were joined by Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) via teleconference. All pledged to oppose offshore oil and gas drilling and request federal funding to reduce non-point source pollution. Other priorities include ocean science and implementation of the U.S. and Pew Ocean Commission report recommendations. During his address, Governor Kulongoski noted that Oregon is the only one of the three states yet to establish a network of marine reserves in state waters. “It’s harder for the federal government to ignore us if we speak with a common voice,” Schwarzenegger said. For more info see first comment to this post.
On Sept 9, Surfrider Foundation – Newport Chapter filed a Petition of Reconsideration with DEQ over the terms of the NPDES wastewater permit of the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo. The primary outfall of the mill is off Nye Beach in Newport. Other groups that signed on as petitioners included the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Friends of Yaquina Bay, and Lincoln County Citizens for Clean Water. The Petition presents 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. Thank you to the nearly dozen members of Surfrider’s Oregon Environmental Issues Team (scientists, attorneys, permit afficianados, etc) who have volunteered their personal time for this campaign. Also, major thanks to CRAG for providing pro bono support to make this happen. Stay tuned for a response from DEQ. Click on the link below for a copy of the petition: