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Thirty years ago, I lived on my sailboat in Portland, and I asked an old tug boat captain if there was still anyplace on the Columbia where a person could still find someplace to put in a dock, tie up a boat, and enjoy the rural, riverfront liftstyle. Only one place left, he said, "Birnie Slough on Puget Island."
I explored, bought property there, kept my city job, and parked a trailer on the lot, looking forward to retiring where the grass grows, the river flows, the fishing was good and the views are majestic. Now, I'm almost to that point, and I discover the same folks who gave us Enron, now plan a six story potentially explosive gas terminal that will cast its shadow on my little bait shack. I've seen such terminals in the Gulf Coast, and it's nothing that belongs in the Pacific Northwest. Even Tijuana said "no thanks" to LNG. The lower Columbia River is a jewel (and with a bright future for tourism, recreation, and retirement)--not a corporate weighstation for importing foreign fossil fuels, to be shipped via pipeline to consumers down south. Thanks to Senators Wyden and Merkley, and all of the leaders and activists organizing to confront this terrible idea.
BuckarooBob (Joel Davis)
posted 3 years, 2 months ago
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