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General Meeting: March 21

March 31: Lunch & Learn 



March General Meeting: Oil rides the rails in the Gorge: What’s being done about this danger?      

When: Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St, Lake Oswego
Parking: On site and across the street at Lake Oswego Episcopal Church

It was just last June that we saw what an oil spill and subsequent fire look like when they happen to us. And we were so lucky it wasn’t worse. The Friends of the Gorge are on the case to preserve and protect the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, a designation that comes with many restrictions on what can and can’t happen in the Gorge, but restrictions that need enforcement. The Friends of the Gorge does much more than advocate hiking: from its inception in 1980 it exists to protect and preserve the beauty of this natural wonder, working to reject subdivisions, a casino, wind farms, cattle grazing and more from the Gorge. They established a land trust and opened up more public access to this splendid site.

The Friends recognize that with rail lines operating on both sides of the Gorge, the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountains, the National Scenic Area and its communities face greater chances of a catastrophe as NW regulators consider numerous oil train terminal proposals. Anticipating a major increase in fossil fuel trains, both the Burlington Northern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are proposing major expansions of rail through the Gorge. The construction of new tracks would endanger wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, cultural resources, recreation and public safety. Double tracks would result in more large trains moving at higher speeds through the National Scenic Area and its communities. 
There are also pending proposals for coal export, transforming the Columbia River Gorge from a National Scenic Area into a fossil fuel pipeline on rails. The Friends believe that oil and coal transport is dirty, dangerous, and disruptive and does not belong in our national scenic treasure.

Come hear Ryan Rittenhaus talk about past successes and current challenges in protecting the Gorge. Invite a friend to attend and learn more about our Columbia Gorge’s possible future.

Lunch & Learn: March 31

Topic: Youth Support Services in Clackamas County
11:30 a.m., Szechuan Kitchen,
15450 Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego

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