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Activist Alert 7-5-2012

Coal trains through Eugene and coal exports from Coos Bay will be the program at City Club of Eugene at 11:50 am Friday, July 6, at the Hilton 12th Floor Ballroom. A resolution banning coal trains will be on the agenda of the Eugene City Council Monday evening, July 9.

• A city of Eugene survey on plastic bags can be found  at http://wkly.ws/1bc and a draft ordinance can be read at www.Eugene-or.gov The public survey will close July 11 and the council will hold a work session on plastic bags July 23. The Lane County Oregon League of Conservation voters is urging those who support the ban to show up for the council’s public input time at 7:15 pm Monday, July 9, at City Hall. Last week Corvallis became the second city in Oregon to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery check-out stands. Contact the OLCV at 968-8269 or email Ashley@olcv.org

Wolf expert Carter Niemeyer will be speaking at a free Oregon Wild Tuesday event from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday, July 10, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.oregonwild.org  for more info on this and other events.

• The Lane County Chapter of the ACLU of Oregon is holding a series of “Civil Conversations” from 5:30 to  7 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Café Yumm, 730 E. Broadway. The next is July 10 on “Exclusion Zone and Public Spaces: Controlling Crime or Banishing Undesirable People?” See www.aclu-or.org

• Activist and singer Anne Feeney and numerous other political entertainers will take the stage at a block party celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, from noon to 9 pm Tuesday, July 10, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren. Suggested donation at the door is $10 or canned food for FOOD for Lane County. See www.realitykitchen.org for more info.

The Black Butte Mine south of Cottage Grove is the topic of an open house beginning at 6:30 pm Wednesday, July 11, at the Cottage Grove Community Center on East Gibbs Street. Sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council. The EPA is beginning efforts to clean up the mine site, which has been designated as a Superfund site. See http://wkly.ws/1be for more info.

• The public comment period on the BLM’s proposed hydraulic fracturing rule disclosures has been extended to Sept. 10. See www.regulations.gov or send comments to BLM Regulatory Affairs, 20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM, Washington, D.C., 20003.