We’re fighting polluting factory farms and dangerous fracked gas infrastructure, and building political power to protect our food, water and climate.
Moving Off Fossil Fuels
Food & Water Watch has worked for years to stop fracking and fracked gas infrastructure across the country, including here in Oregon. This process of drilling for oil and gas is polluting millions of gallons of fresh water and releasing dangerous chemicals into the air. Fracking hasn’t started in Oregon yet, but there are methane deposits across 14 counties that could be targeted. We’ve supported legislation to institute a moratorium on fracking, which was reintroduced again in 2019.
We are also part of the large coalition opposing the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline. This project was rejected in 2016, but the company behind it is back to try again. We’re keeping the pressure on Governor Brown and state regulators to reject the project once and for all.
Fighting Factory Farms
Food & Water Watch is also working to stop new factory farms in Oregon, particularly mega-dairies like the Lost Valley Farm, which had over 200 environmental violations before public pressure led the state to shut it down. Before another mega-dairy opens up in its place, Oregon needs to act now to protect its communities and special places. These large dairy operations push family farmers off the land, pollute our air and water, and threaten animal welfare. We’re working with partners to pass legislation to place a moratorium on new and expanded mega-dairies in our state.
100% Renewable Energy
In addition to our work at the state and local level, we’re also working to build the movement for 100% clean, renewable energy here in Oregon, and across the country. We’re working with allied organizations and our volunteers to push members of Congress to support bold, ambitious climate policies that will keep fossil fuels in the ground, provide a fair and just transition to 100% clean energy, and create millions of jobs in the process.