Join us for, “Rumble on the River Community Forum: What’s Up with Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland.”
Join us for “Rumble on the River Community Forum 2: What’s Up with Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland.” The second in a series of community-driven forums serves to educate and activate around the threats to public health, safety, and our environment stemming from the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub, with a focus on Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail operations.
WHAT: “Rumble on the River Community Forum 2: What’s Up with Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub in Portland”
WHEN: November 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Luke Lutheran Church (4595 SW California St, Portland, OR 97219)
COST: Free! Please invite anyone you know who cares about clean air, safe communities, and environmental justice.
SPEAKERS: Bob Sallinger, Director of Conservation with Portland Audubon; Patricia Kullberg, former Medical Director with Multnomah County Health Department; Dan Serres, Conservation Director with Columbia Riverkeeper; Margaret Butler, Grassroots Climate Organizer/ founder and former Executive Director of Portland Jobs with Justice; Roben White, activist and organizer; Michael Dembrow, Oregon State Senator District 23; Moderated by Samantha Hernandez, Climate Justice Organizer with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
The CEI Hub is a six-mile stretch of old tank farms, located in NW Portland along the Willamette River just upstream from its convergence with the Columbia River. The CEI Hub holds more than 90% of all liquid fuel in Oregon. Located within the CEI Hub is Zenith Energy, the source of dangerous oil trains plowing through our communities.
Concerned yet? You should be! Despite years of public outcry against Zenith’s operations, on October 3, the City of Portland quietly approved a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS)—giving Zenith the green light for five more years of oil trains, and all the threats it presents in our communities! This is a huge slap in the face to the thousands of community members who oppose these threats to our community and our planet. Here is more bad news: the entire CEI Hub is on what is known as a liquefaction zone—meaning in the likely case of an eventual earthquake, the soil will become the consistency of cake batter. This would be catastrophic for our communities, the ecosystem, and the Lower Columbia River. Join us to hear from a fantastic panel of experts, about what is going on at Zenith and the CEI Hub, what’s next, and how you can get engaged.
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