In September of 2014 Pembina Pipleline announced that it planned to build a $500 million propane export terminal near the Port of Portland . In May, in spite of a promise of 800 construction jobs and $12 million in taxes being injected into the economy every year, local citizens concerned about the environmental impact of the project, torpedoed the plan.
Initially, the Mayor of Portland Charlie Hales, supported the project, downplaying safety concerns about moving propane by rail though the port. Once environmentalists and community organizations organized against Pembina creating overwhelming opposition to the project, the mayor reversed his support.
On May 7, Pembina reaffirmed its plans to proceed towards next steps in the development of its proposed Portland Propane Export Terminal Project. Mayor Hales will be one of five votes that will be represented at the City Council hearing, scheduled for June 10, 2015.
For a summary of the story from the Audubon Society of Portland click here
First Things First Okanagan is in the process of finalizing details for a visit by Simon Donner to Penticton on the weekend of March 6th. Simon is the founder of Maribo and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia whose research focuses on why the climate matters to ecosystems and society.
We expect Simon to cover a number of issues related to climate change, including the basic science, oceans, sea-level rise and international policy and adaptation challenges (especially in the developing world). This will be a great opportunity for Okanagan residents to better understand the urgent need to act on environmental issues and ask questions of an internationally recognized climatologist.
Please pencil in the date and you can read more of the work of Simon and his fellow researchers here.
Join us at the Oasis United Church, 2964 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton on June 12th for a presentation on climate change facts and actions we can take to make a difference!