The City of Portland, Oregon is moving forward with plans to approve a proposal by Pembina Pipeline Corporation to construct and operate a propane export terminal to satisfy soaring Chinese demand from propane dehydration plants (PDH). PDH plants manufacture chemicals, plastics, and food additives from raw propane. CSE is assembling an economic and legal case against approval of the terminal based on its inconsistency with numerous plans and policies the City has adopted to advance sustainable development, including its Climate Action Plan. In addition, the planning process has failed to follow state land use planning procedures with respect to Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy (ESEE) analysis.
In addition to environmental concerns, there are serious safety concerns raised in a recent white paper authored by local scientific and technical experts.