Palomar Pipeline

Is the Palomar Pipeline back?

Join Columbia Riverkeeper and Bark for a presentation to learn how the Trail West Pipeline threatens Mt. Hood and why the world’s largest methanol refineries would undermine our region’s commitments to fight climate change.

The Oregonian: Pipeline across the Cascades could be in for more trouble with settlement

A settlement between environmental groups and federal agencies covering the development of energy corridors in the West could mean more trouble for Northwest Natural Gas Co.'s on-again-off-again quest to build a pipeline across the Cascades through Mt. Hood National Forest.

PALOMAR PIPELINE CANCELED!!!

On March 23rd, 2011, the Palomar Pipeline Company withdrew its permit application at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This marks a major victory for Bark and removes the most significant forest-wide threat facing Mt. Hood. Company officials claim they are re-tooling their project and may submit a new application as early as 2012. As Bark stated in the Oregonian article covering this incredible news, when and if they come back with a proposal to illegally go through the Mt. Hood National Forest and weaken protections for wild and scenic rivers Bark will be there to stop them again. As of August 2012, the Forest Service has removed the Palomar Pipeline from their list of proposed actions and all NEPA processing has been suspended. Meanwhile, in July 2012, Bark and a group of allies challenging the West Wide Energy Corridors identified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) came to a settlement agreement that includes the proposed Palomar Pipeline route as a 'Corridor of Concern' for future development of energy transmission through the western eleven states. We consider this to be the final nail in the Palomar coffin.

Although the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) battles have been mostly fought out on the coast of Oregon we saw the issue come to roost in Mt. Hood National Forest in 2007 when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiated the NEPA process to allow Palomar Gas Transmission (PGT), a company who transports natural gas, to place a pipeline from the Columbia River where the LNG Terminals are proposed down through Molalla and across the national forest to meet up in Madras with existing pipeline. This proposal would include a clearcut corridor for the pipeline as well as new road construction for access to the pipeline. The corridor would cross Fish Creek and the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River. These are key watersheds that include already compromised older forests. The corridor would amount to an approx. 720-acre clearcut.

Project Status: 
Energy Projects
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
709.0
Watershed: 

Fish Creek, Lower Clackamas, Upper Clackamas

Driving Directions: 

A very accessible location on the proposed Palomar Pipeline Route is on the Riverside Trail which intersect the pipeline route where Palomar would cross the Clackamas River in the midst of a beautiful old growth forest. Call the Bark office for good directions to different points along the proposed route.

Urgent action needed to protect 2,000 acres of Mt. Hood!

Oregon LNG terminal plans reverse from importing to exporting gas

Two years ago, energy companies trying to build terminals to import liquefied natural gas to Oregon laughed at the notion of using their projects instead to export burgeoning supplies of U.S. and Canadian gas to lucrative markets in Asia.

Oregonian: NW Natural's calm shareholders meeting doesn't reflect shareholder happiness

"We don't see the changed route as any benefit to Mt. Hood," said Olivia Schmidt, an organizer with Bark, an environmental advocacy group on Mt. Hood issues. "We stopped them once, and we'll do it again."

Day of Action to protect Mt. Hood a success!

NW Natural recieves more than 700 emails from opponents of the Palomar Pipeline.

May 26th Day of Action to protect Mt. Hood: Take action here!

Take action today to protect Mt. Hood from NW Natural's plans to resurrect the Palomar Pipeline!

Threats to Oregon's drinking water and Day of Action to protect Mt. Hood

Email Bark Alert May 2011

Will NW Natural resurrect the Palomar Pipeline?

On March 23rd, 2011, Bark celebrated our incredible victory over the Palomar Pipeline, but even as we celebrated NW Natural was hatching plans to resurrect the project through Mt. Hood National Forest.

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