Mother’s Day Cards: Deny Permits to Zenith!

This week, Cedar Green, a coalition fighting fossil fuels in Oregon, is asking folks to write Mother’s Day cards and send them addressed to Dan Ryan and other City Commissioners urging them to:

  • deny the Land Use Compatibility Statement for Zenith, and
  • encourage DEQ to deny Zenith’s air quality permits!  

Please write cards to:

Dan Ryan and Portland City Commissioners
1221 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204.

The Land Use Compatibility Statement decision will be made in the next few weeks. This is a critical time to pressure the City of Portland to act now to avert future catastrophes—spills, fires and explosions, leaks and inferno in case of a major earthquake and the consequences of Zenith being located in a liquefaction zone. There’s also reducing carbon emissions to consider, in the face of climate chaos.

Suggested talking points:

  1. Our community does not want this plant to continue due to dangerous, hazardous transport both through Portland neighborhoods and the Columbia Gorge.
  2. The air quality and blast zone issues disproportionately effect low-income and BIPOC communities.
  3. The plant goes against existing City commitments and policy in the 2015 declaration against oil-by-rail, 2035 Comprehensive plan, and 2016 ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  4. Zenith snuck into Portland on a technicality, has lied about its operations, and continues to expand illegally. It should be denied all further permits.

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