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Rumble on the River Community Forum: Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland

Join us for, “Rumble on the River Community Forum: Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland,” the first in a series of community-driven forums to educate and activate around the threats to public health, safety, and our environment stemming from the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub, with a focus on Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail operations. The CEI Hub is a six-mile stretch of old tank farms, located in NW Portland along the Willamette River just upstream from its convergence with the Columbia River. The CEI Hub holds more than 90% of all liquid fuel in Oregon. Located within the CEI Hub is Zenith, the source of dangerous oil trains plowing through our communities.

Columbia River and Zenith

Concerned yet? You should be…

Despite years of public outcry against Zenith’s dangerous operations, on October 3, the City of Portland quietly approved a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS)—giving Zenith the green light for five more years of oil trains, and all the threats it presents in our communities! This is a huge slap in the face to the thousands of community members who oppose these threats to our community and our planet. Here is more bad news: the entire CEI Hub is on what is known as a liquefaction zone—meaning in the likely case of an eventual earthquake, the soil will become the consistency of cake batter. The result of this would be catastrophic for our communities, the ecosystem, and the Lower Columbia River. We are organizing to make sure that doesn’t happen and we need you.

WHAT: “Rumble on the River Community Forum: What’s Up with Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland”

WHEN: October 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Zoom! RSVP and we will email you a link for the online community forum. Can’t make it? We’ve got you covered. RSVP and we’ll email you a recording after it airs.

COST: Free! Please invite anyone you know who cares about clean air, safe communities, and environmental justice.

SPEAKERS: Nick Caleb, Climate and Energy Attorney with Breach Collective; Micah Meskel, Activist Program Manager with Portland Audubon; Laurie King, long-time community advocate; Melanie Plaut, retired doctor and member of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; John Wasiutynski, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability Director; and will be moderated by Kate Murphy, Community Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper.

RSVP for Community Forum Webinar

Join us on October 13 at 6:30 p.m. for Rumble on the River Community Forum: What’s Up with Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland. RSVP for a link below!

RSVP for Community Forum Webinar HERE
FORUM CO-SPONSORS

350PDX, Braided River Campaign, Breach Collective, CedarAction, Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper, EcoFaith Recovery, Linnton Neighborhood Association, Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Neighbors for Clean Air, Portland Audubon, Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Portland Jobs with Justice, Portland Youth Climate Council, Portland Youth Climate Strike, Sunrise Movement-PDX, XR-PDX

Details

Date:
October 13
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Accessibility Information

This is an online event.

Venue

Virtual

Organizer

Micah Meskel
Phone:
mmeskel@audubonportland.org