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Pembina Propane Terminal

Audubon opposes Pembina propane terminal development at Port of Portland’s Terminal 6

The Port of Portland's Terminal 6, the site for the proposed propane export facility - Bob Sallinger
The Port of Portland's Terminal 6, the site for the proposed propane export facility - Bob Sallinger

The Audubon Society of Portland opposes Pembina Propane terminal development at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6.

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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.

Get Involved

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 bsallinger@audubonportland.org


Audubon Comments on the Pembina Facility

April 7, 2015: Comments to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Feb. 15, 2015: Letter from Audubon Society of Portland and diverse coalition of community groups and organizations to the City with requests to improve public process

Jan. 21, 2014: Comments to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Media Coverage

City, county to consider fossil fuel export policy
Portland Tribune | March 3, 2015

Propane terminal review delayed due to lag in getting safety data
Portland Tribune | Feb. 28, 2015

Critics, supporters turn out en masse on proposed propane terminal
Portland Tribune | Jan. 15, 2015

Portlandia: Tar Sands Fuel Exporter or Climate Champion?
Huffington Port | Jan. 14, 2015

Opponents Ask Portland To Reject Propane Export Terminal
OPB | Jan. 13, 2015

Pembina and Portland planning commission take heat at first public hearing on propane export facility in North Portland
The Oregonian | Jan. 13, 2015

Hearing gives public chance to weigh in on propane plant
Portland Tribune | Jan. 12, 2015

Portland propane export project hits environmental snag
The Oregonian | Dec. 26, 2014

Environmental groups lining up against propane terminal at Port
Portland Tribune | Dec. 17, 2014

Environmental Advocates Seize on Zoning Change in Bid to Squash Propane Terminal
Portland Mercury | Dec. 17, 2014

Pembina chief provides first details on proposed propane export facility in Portland
The Oregonian | Sept. 13, 2014

Pembina Pipeline's Portland propane project faces lower hurdles than other terminals
The Oregonian | Sept. 12, 2014

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