The fossil fuel infrastructure that exists in NW Portland continues to be a threat to the community as the big earthquake becomes a preoccupation of the city and state. Many energy terminals exist in this zone and are protected by zoning laws and codes. This area has been a part of the cityscape for over 50 years. Recently, Multnomah County Commissioners came together to vote for a resolution opposing the establishment of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Although this step is only a resolution, it also ensures that this will be considered by policy makers in the city when fossil fuel corporations propose to build new infrastructure.
Additionally, this industrial area is considered a critical energy industry, being a point of passage for all fossil fuel trains that pass through the state, supplying gas stations with petrol. And so although it is important in fueling the economy and lives of everyday people, it also poses a danger for surrounding communities and their health.
The Zenith Energy Terminal has become at the centre of controversy in recent years for a variety of reasons. However, one of the main ones is related to the fact that it stores tar sands which are said to be one of the most environmentally devastating fossil fuels known to man as a result of their extraction process.
In the coming weeks, community activists will come together to brainstorm ways in which they can stop Zenith’s operations, thus also aiming to put an end to further establishment and growth of existing fossil fuel infrastructure.
This week, I was tasked with making an Actor Network Theory map for an activist workshop whose purpose is to illustrate the key actors and processes so that activists are aware of them and able to work to target specific organisations and groups in trying to stop Zenith and other energy companies.
The task I was given allowed me to use skills from the ENVS program to create something that will be used in the real world.
(the ANT Map will not be included for reasons of privacy)