Northwest Environmental Defense Center

Northwest Defense is the Northwest Environmental Defense Center's blog (and newsletter). Learn about NEDC's latest work, current issues related to air and water quality, and conservation measures in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEPA and the Navy: a supplement that is hard to swallow

By Jeff Speir, Student Director

The Department of the Navy and environmental advocates are no strangers to conflict. Actions aimed at military preparedness are often at odds with environmental protection. From Puerto Rico to California, the military and environmentalists have litigated many fundamental issues of environmental law through the years. In each scenario, governmental decision-makers face the difficult task of delicately balancing competing interests. The Navy’s recent plan to increase training and testing activities off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and California proposes to disrupt the balance by harming endangered leatherback sea turtles and marine mammals.

The Navy's operations will impact leatherback sea turtles and humpback whales. [Public domain]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Port of Longview Ponders LPG

By Marla Nelson, Staff Attorney

Enough about crude oil. Let's talk LPG. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or LP-gas) consists of propane, propylene, butane, and butylenes. Suppliers obtain LPG mostly from gas wells but it is also a refinery by-product. The gas is stored as a liquid under moderate pressures. LPG is sold in the domestic commercial market as a heating fuel, but it is also used by the chemical industry, as a petrochemical feedstock, and the agriculture industry.