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In 2008, I hiked the length of the 47 miles of the Palomar Pipeline that would cross over Mt. Hood National Forest. I walked through old-growth forests, boated across the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River and climbed up some of the steepest slopes in the national forest. As someone who loves the forests and rivers of Mt. Hood, I needed to see for myself what NW Natural was asking us to sacrifice. I can say, without a doubt, that this pipeline is unacceptable.
While I was hiking I kept wondering how they could possibly build such a project without breaking the environmental laws that protect our remaining wild places. If this project was a timber sale or a ski resort expansion, there is no way they could be logging in these areas. Well, in fact, NW Natural is trying to get an exemption from those laws. Why does an energy company get special treatment? Why don't we, the public, get a choice about whether we want these forests cut in the name of energy profit?
Since that hike, I have had the amazing pleasure of working with people from all over this area in resistance to LNG development. The proposals to develop LNG in Oregon are unethical. The directly impacted people of Oregon and Washington whose lives have been on hold for five years feel like if they even blink the companies will be another step closer to taking their land. These same people have worked together in a historic coalition to protect their land and agree on some alternatives. I hope that it is not too late to stop these destructive projects and seize a moment of informed engagement to begin discussing a real energy future.
You can see photos from my 2008 hike at http://www.flickr.com/photos/barkformthood/sets/72157608085808666/.
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