Commissioner Ryan’s Statement on the City of Portland’s Denial of Zenith’s Land Use Compatibility Statement

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An aerial photo of fossil fuel infrastructure in NW Portland

The City of Portland is denying a request from Zenith Energy to issue a Land Use Compatibility Statement.

The journey to this decision was essential—building the appropriate foundation of understanding and consensus, and the need to consult with tribal governments in the region. We know that the activities carried out at this site, and the fossil fuel products being transported have the potential to directly impact tribal territories, cultural resources, and tribal treaty rights.

The decision goes well beyond the confines of one Council office or bureau—we all stand united in affirmation of the City of Portland’s commitment to pursuing a clean energy future, addressing climate change, and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

It is time to stop kicking our declarations down the road of intention—and start acting with the urgency needed at this critical time in history.