A New Radio Documentary by Barbara Bernstein

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. 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 four segments tells the story of Jordan Cove, what would be the largest LNG export terminal on the West Coast, proposed for Coos Bay, Oregon, and accompanied by a 240 mile pipeline crossing much of Southern Oregon, disturbing nearly 500 rivers and streams in its wake. For fifteen years community members, landowners and indigenous people have organized and raised their voices to stop this assault on their home, communities and land.

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.


The Pacific Northwest now stands at a crossroads. Help us tell the stories of these important community struggles by supporting HOLDING THE THIN GREEN LINE, and help shape the future of our region.

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

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

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, Claudia Riedener and John Carlton, Larry & Sylvia Mangan, and editing consultants—Melissa Marsland and Patsy Kullberg.