Pembina Propane Terminal
Audubon opposes Pembina propane terminal development at Port of Portland’s Terminal 6
The Audubon Society of Portland opposes Pembina Propane terminal development at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6.
The Audubon Society of Portland is helping lead opposition to a proposed propane terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. Brought forward by the Port of Portland and Pembina Pipeline Company, the proposal would mark Portland’s entry into the fossil fuel export market. The propane, which is a by-product of fracking in Canada’s Sedimentary Basin, would be transferred to Portland by rail, stored at Terminal 6, and then sent to Asia by ship.
We believe this facility is fundamentally inconsistent with Portland’s Climate Change Action Plan, which commits the City to achieving a 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The CO2 produced by the proposed facility will have measurable impacts on emissions at both the local and global scale:
- The Pembina facility would be one of Portland’s largest energy users, requiring an estimated 8,000 MWh of electricity per month, which would result in 20,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year – approximately 0.7 percent of Portland’s annual CO2 emissions.
- The 552-828 million gallons of propane that will be transported through the facility annually would result in the release of 36-60 million metric tons of CO2 per year – approximately 0.01 percent of total global CO2 emissions (Citation: Terminal 6 Environmental Overlay Zone Code Amendments and Environmental Overlay Zone Code Amendment; Part 1 at Page 29.). In short,
The Pembina proposal was announced in September 2014 and is currently going through a permitting process. Unfortunately, opportunities for public review and comment will be very limited. The best opportunity will be through a City of Portland environmental zone amendment process which is required to allow the proposed facility’s pipelines to traverse the environmental zones that border Terminal 6. Hearings will occur before the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and Portland City Council during the first half of 2015.
For more information, view and download an in-depth flier about the proposed propane terminal.
Please email the Portland City Council and tell them Portland says "no!" to Pembina. For more ways to get involved, contact Audubon Society of Portland conservation director Bob Sallinger at firstname.lastname@example.org
- May 7, 2015: Mayor Charlie Hales has announced he is withdrawing his support for the Pembina Propane terminal, citing overwhelming opposition and lack of consistency with Portland’s environmental values. Additionally, the Mayor has removed Pembina and the Port’s proposal from the City Council agenda, and the amendment will not be considered unless another council member reintroduces it. Learn more
- April 30, 2015: The City of Portland has announced the schedule on which the Pembina Propane Terminal will be heard by the Portland City Council. Please stay tuned for how you can get involved. Schedule:
May 27 | File ordinances
June 10, 2 p.m. | First reading and public hearing
June 17, time TBD | Second reading and possible vote
- April 10, 2015: The Audubon Society of Portland has submitted comments about Portland Climate Action Plan, and calls out the City of Portland for developing a strong plan on paper while simultaneously adding to the problem by moving towards approval of a massive fossil fuel export facility. Read the comments.
- April 9, 2015: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to allow dangerous and environmentally destructive Pembina Propane facility to move forward.
- March 7, 2015: Pembina and Port exclude environmental groups from Propane Terminal Safety Workshop.
- March 3, 2015: Pembina delay moves PSC to reschedule public hearing.
- January 14, 2015: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission holds its first hearing on the proposed Pembina propane facility.
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The Oregonian | Dec. 26, 2014
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Portland Tribune | Dec. 17, 2014
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Portland Mercury | Dec. 17, 2014
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The Oregonian | Sept. 13, 2014
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The Oregonian | Sept. 12, 2014