The Lower Columbia River region is more threatened by fossil fuel development schemes than any other place in the Northwest, according to a new report from Sightline Institute that ranks locations throughout the region on their vulnerability to these developments. The report, “Northwest Targets,” also provides risk assessments for at-risk locations, including Tacoma, Cherry Point, Hoquiam, and Vancouver, Washington, all places that have faced coal, oil, gas, and petrochemicals infrastructure proposals. The report details strategies some communities are using to fend them off.
Sightline is also releasing the first comprehensive map of all fossil fuel projects active, proposed, and dead throughout Cascadia. It’s the most thorough accounting yet of the “Thin Green Line” of resistance and organizing against these projects. The Institute will update the map regularly as a resource to media and the public.
“Northwest communities face real and imminent threats from the fossil fuel industry,” says Eric de Place, report author and policy director for Sightline Institute. “But the last several years have shown decisively that the people of Cascadia can stand up against dirty energy developments—and when they do, they win.”