Sauvie Island Community Association Members Pass Coal Export and Transport Resolution

At the January 17 SICA meeting the following resolution was passed unanimously by those in attendance. A letter containing this resolution  will be sent to a number of key decision makers. We also encourage you to contact them directly. The more voices they hear from, the better they will understand the level of concern. A complete list of 25 individuals and organizations is available as a pdf download here. The text of Governor Kitzhaber’s April 2012 letter on the subject, is here.  Email contacts for our senators, representative and governor are listed below.

You may also want to contact the Department of State Lands and the Department of Environmental Quality.

Sauvie Island Community Association Resolution Regarding the Export and Transport of Coal

The Sauvie Island Community Association is opposed to the export of coal mined in the northwest, and all activities related to the export process.

The burning of coal contributes to global increases in carbon emissions, climate change, and increased contaminates such as mercury in our oceans and waterways.

Coal export terminals proposed for our region would create dangerous concentrations of coal and coal dust, creating health and environmental hazards for nearby communities and the possibility of contamination of nearby waterways.

The transport of coal across the Pacific Northwest would create similar issues along the region’s railways and waterways, as well as significant disruption anywhere roadways are crossed by rail, due to the length and frequency of the proposed coal trains.

We echo the concerns Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber has raised about environmental, community, economic, transportation, and energy security impacts associated with increased coal export.

Therefore, the Sauvie Island Community Association opposes the establishment of new coal terminals and the increased transport of coal through our region.

Agreed by unanimous vote at the January 17, 2013, Sauvie Island Community Association general meeting.

February 21st SICA Meeting
Agri-Tourism in Oregon – a Status Report and Discussion

7:00pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Grange Hall

At the February SICA meeting we will discuss the status of state and local laws regarding agri-tourism events that could impact Sauvie Island. Come learn more about current regulations, possible upcoming changes in legislation, and what is happening in Multnomah County.

Agri-tourism actiivies are different from those currently allowed with farm stand permits. We’ll explain the differences, and talk about impacts.  The SICA Land Use & Transportation Committee has been studying the issue and, out of concern for livability and current agricultural use of our unique island, has recommended taking the position of formally opposing agri-tourism activities on Sauvie Island. Now we want to hear what YOU think about this.

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