On Monday, May 15th, 2017, advocates for clean and renewable energy gathered in downtown Portland to rally against Portland General Electric's proposed permits to build out fracked gas power plants at the Carty Generating Station near Boardman, OR. Although the utility suspended permits for the project on Friday, May 12th, there is no reason why the project couldn't be placed back on the table. Attendees at Monday's hearing made their voices clear to the Oregon Public Utility Commission: suspended permits are not the same as withdrawn permits. Advocates in Portland demanded clean, renewable energy, telling Portland General Electric to hit the "delete" button on fracked gas, not just the "pause" button.
You can add your voice to the 10,000 comments submitted in favor of clean, renewable energy to the Oregon Public Utility Commission: https://goo.gl/forms/j4UswNKWg2RK6gLA3
See below for more pictures of the event. Thanks to all who came out!
Miko Vergun of Beaverton, OR, one of 21 young people suing the U.S. Government for failing to address climate change.
Mayor Mark Gamba of Milwaukie, OR discusses dangerous methane emissions from fracked gas.
Native activist Willa Wallace from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation speaks about the critical importance of honoring our Earth.