City Council prohibits new fossil fuel infrastructure, draws challenge



City Council prohibits new fossil fuel infrastructure, draws challenge

On Dec. 14, Portland City Council unanimously approved zoning code amendments that will restrict expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the city of Portland.
On Dec. 14, Portland City Council unanimously approved zoning code amendments that will restrict expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the city of Portland. Consumers and businesses through Oregon and southwest Washington rely on the fuels that are supplied from the hub in Portland. The Alliance opposed the amendments due to the potential restriction on fossil fuel supplies needed to meet estimated population and employment growth, which would put an increased pressure on fuel costs, disproportionately affecting low-income households. The Alliance is part of a coalition, along with the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council and the Western States Petroleum Association, which filed a challenge on Jan. 4 with the Land Use Board of Appeals on the fossil fuel zoning code amendments. Since the amendments were approved, two votes are no longer on the Council.