Ear to the Ground
Ear to the Ground
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Longview Coal Terminal Follows Footsteps of Other Unsuccessful Fossil Fuel Export Proposals

Opponents of a proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington are celebrating the State of Washington's decision to deny the developer the right to use state-owned aquatic lands. As part of its proposal to export 44…
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Out of Sight, but Not Out of Mind

The unusually cold weather in Portland and other parts of the state this winter brought some attention to the area’s aging water infrastructure. The Portland Water Bureau normally deals with about 200 broken water mains a year, but the freezing…
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Toxic Air Emissions-Time to Tally

On January 6, I attended a Q&A session by lawyers and technical experts designed to help business entities prepare responses to an information request by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality ("DEQ") under the agency's new air toxics program…
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Portland General Electric Plans to Replace Coal with Renewable Energy

Portland General Electric (PGE) will shut down Oregon's only coal-fired power plant in 2020. Recently, PGE filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission its plan to replace that energy, and to meet the state's revised renewable portfolio standard…
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Five Jaw-Dropping Reasons to Read "Ear to the Ground"

Despite that headline, it's not clickbait. We are attorneys at Tonkon Torp LLP, a full service business law firm in Portland, Oregon. We have our ears to the ground as to what is going on in the real estate development community in the Pacific…
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