Land Use News Archive

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Photo of Mike Martin standing atop Coalbank Slough debris slide.

Battle to Assure Cleanup of Coalbank Slough Continues

coalbanksloughmikemartin.jpg The long-running saga of Coalbank Slough isn’t over yet. A year ago, we announced that we had successfully settled our Clean Water act lawsuit over a 2012 debris slide that had severely polluted the slough, a tributary of Coos Bay. It had been a long struggle to that point, over a year and a half, but we thought we had...Read more

Next Round of Hearings for New State Park Announced

sand_lake_marsh_small.jpg The second round of public meetings concerning the new state park to be developed on the Sand Lake spit has been announced. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is working on a plan for the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for the public and slated to become a largely natural state park. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016,...Read more
Pistol River meets the sea. Photo by Mureen Walker.

South Coast Mining Opponents Await Next Phase

pistolrivermouth.jpg The public comment period concerning mining proposals aimed at the headwaters of south coast rivers has ended. Now we wait for the next phase. Public meetings held Sept. 9-10 in Gold Beach and Grants Pass by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, attended by more than 400 people, were a watershed moment in public...Read more
Photo of the North Spit at Coos Bay and the Jordan Cove Site. Photo by Alex Derr.

Decision Delayed on Jordan Cove Appeal

northspit2byalexderrsmall.jpg Citing a wide range of errors and oversights, Oregon Shores appealed Coos County’s administrative approval of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility on the North Spit. The public hearing on our appeal took place May 29, we subsequently filed our rebuttal arguments to the developer's counter-...Read more
Photo of eagle at Sand Lake.

Plans for New State Park at Sand Lake Begin to Take Shape

sandlakeeagle.jpg One of our Land Use Program’s proudest moments came on the day last year when State Parks completed purchase of the “Beltz Farm” property which occupies the spit enclosing the Sand Lake estuary just north of Tierra del Mar. Our only role in the acquisition of the land for the public was to advocate for it. However, a decade earlier the...Read more
Photo of proposed LNG plant site on Skipanon Peninsula.

FERC Hearings on Oregon LNG Plans Move to Vernonia

Opponents of the LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant proposed for the Skipanon Peninsula plan rallied on September 21 between two hearings on the plan by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. More hearings are scheduled (see below and in the Events listings). Speakers’ slots are only three minutes long, so detailed testimony isn’t possible. Personal statements...Read more
Photo of proposed Oregon LNG site.

Still Time to Comment on Oregon LNG Permit Applications

oregonlngsite2.jpg Opponents of the Oregon LNG proposed for a liquefied natural gas export facility near the mouth of the Columbia packed a hearing room for two straight evenings Sept. 2-3, urging the city of Warrenton to deny permits for the project. Oregon Shores has been actively engaged in this opposition. Working on our behalf through our Coastal Law...Read more
Pistol River meets the sea. Photo by Mureen Walker.

Public Meetings Will Consider Mineral Withdrawal for South Coast Rivers

pistolrivermouth.jpg The headwaters of Hunter Creek, the North Fork of the Pistol River, the headwaters of the Illinois River and the headwaters of the North Fork of the Smith River (rising in Oregon and reaching the coast in California) are all threatened by proposals to conduct nickel mining on Forest Service lands. In 2014, Oregon Shores joined many...Read more
Opponents rally against LNG.

Oregon Shores Join Allies in Denouncing FERC Report

lngclatsoprally.jpg The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week issued a draft environmental review for the proposed Oregon LNG terminal (to be located at Warrenton) and pipeline that, unsurprisingly, failed to adequately address the likely impacts to public health and safety, endangered salmon, or the Columbia estuary habitat. Oregon Shores...Read more
Sand Lake, spit shoreline, by Jim Hauge

Planning Gets Underway for New State Park at Sand Lake

One of our Land Use Program’s proudest moments came on the day last year when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) completed purchase of the “Beltz Farm” property which occupies the spit enclosing the Sand Lake estuary just north of Tierra del Mar. Oregon Shores' only role in acquiring the land for the public was to advocate for it. A decade ago, however, the property might have been...Read more