A New Radio Documentary by Barbara Bernstein

Scenes of holding the Thin Green Line in Kalama and Tacoma, WA and across over 200 miles of Southern Oregon, impacted by Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

Listen to:
Holding the Thin Green Line
Part One: The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery
Part Two: A View from the Blast Zone

Part Three: The Long and Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove
Part Four: Rising Tide of Resistance

As the fossil fuel industry increases pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. Now that communities across the region have stopped numerous coal and oil projects, the industry is pushing even harder to build the West Coast’s largest liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, a massive LNG hybrid facility at the Port of Tacoma and the world’s largest methanol refineries in Kalama, WA and Clatskanie, OR.

HOLDING THE THIN GREEN LINE is a four part radio documentary that tells the stories of people fighting to save the souls of their communities and preserve the integrity of the Pacific Northwest. The first half-hour, The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery, follows the efforts of activists in Tacoma and Kalama, Washington, to stop the world’s largest methanol refinery from being built at their ports. Tacoma successfully blocked the refinery at their port, but the struggle in Kalama continues.

The second half-hour, A View from the Blast Zone, tells the saga of Puget Sound Energy’s effort to build an LNG facility at the Port of Tacoma, vehemently opposed by citizens across the region.

The third and fourth half-hours, The Long and Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove and Rising Tide of Resistance, tell the story of what could be the largest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal on the West Coast. This mammoth facility, proposed for Coos Bay, Oregon, would be fed by a 240 mile long, 36″ wide pipeline transporting fracked gas across four counties in Southern Oregon. It would cross much of Southern Oregon, disturbing 480 rivers, streams and wetlands in its wake. For fifteen years community members, landowners and indigenous people have organized and raised their voices to stop this assault on their homes, communities and land. These final segments depicts this struggle and the amazing resistance it has spawned. 

Our new radio documentary HOLDING THE THIN GREEN LINE:

  • Brings together a diversity of voices including opponents of fracked gas projects, who believe that we need to transition swiftly to renewable energy solutions, and proponents who see what they call “natural” gas as a bridge fuel to the future.
  • Provides a voice for climate activists and indigenous leaders waging a battle for environmental, social and climate justice.

Holding the Thin Green Line was was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Steven and Jan Marx.

Special thanks to Columbia Riverkeeper, Rogue Climate, Allie Rosenbluth, Dan Serres, Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Claudia Riedener and John Carlton, Larry & Sylvia Mangan, and editing consultants—Melissa Marsland, Patsy Kullberg and Lisa Rudman.

HOLDING THE THIN GREEN LINE Parts 1 & 2 aired on KBOO-FM 90.7 FM Portland, 91.9 Hood River, 104.3 Corvallis, Monday, October 21 at 10 AM

HOLDING THETHIN GREEN LINE Parts 3 & 4 aired on KBOO-FM 90.7 FM Portland,91.9 Hood River, 104.3 Corvallis, Monday, October 28 at 10 AM

A VIEW FROM THE BLAST ZONE airs nationally on Making Contact beginning November 27. THE WORLD’S LARGEST METHANOL aired on Making Contact, beginning on September 17, 2019.