Walmart and Wetlands

The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a determination that the Department of State Lands impermissibly issued a permit allowing Walmart to fill wetlands on private property in order to build a new store, ruling the record lacks a finding about whether or not the project will interfere with the state’s policy of preserving its waters for public purposes.

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Oregon Natural Gas Pipeline Approved by Feds After State Rejection

Federal regulators on Thursday approved a hotly contested natural gas pipeline, with one big catch: the Canadian company behind the project must first get approval from state regulators, who have already denied key permits. Even if the state permits never come, federal approval means the company can begin using eminent domain to seize land along the pipeline route.

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Breaching Dams Would Help Salmon, Feds Say, but Decline to Do So

The federal agencies that run 14 dams in the Columbia River Basin released a long-awaited analysis Friday on how they will keep salmon from going extinct. Not included in the suite of measures is the action the agencies said would help salmon and steelhead most – breaching four dams along the Snake River.

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Fight Teed Up Between Feds, Oregon Over Gas Pipeline Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2–1 against approving the Jordan Cove natural gas pipeline project Thursday, but it could still greenlight the project as soon as next week – potentially sparking a battle between a federal government bent on fast-tracking pipelines and a state that has denied all three of the project’s key permits.

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