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I am a business man working in Astoria and the idea of an LNG terminal with the Oregon LNG people is as bad or worse than the Bradwood site wanted by Northern Star which is now bankrupt. The fact that the Bradwood, Northern Star, people tried for years to get the process to be in their favor by use of investing money with local groups to using money and jobs as an intimidation for those who could not be turned to their way of thinking has come home to rest with the recent bankruptcy and the fact that the current set of County Commissioners let them run up a tab, owed to the county, of over $180,000 and now we will probably never collect or work the county has already done. In addition no one ever looked at existing businesses and what potential effect this might have on them. The County Commissioners went blindly down the road on the promise of jobs and the promise to pay what Northern Star owes. It has always been amazing to me that no one looked at the cost of doing LNG in this area. On the east coast it costs Everett, MA about$40,000 each trip (in and out). Bradwood always wanted to talk about the property taxes they would be paying to the county of nearly 8 million per year but never the cost to the county and if it is anything close to Everett our cost would be close to 12 million per year. Northern Star has been quoted saying that "we will roll over this small county and it is the path of least resistance" or something close to this.
Oregon LNG is a company that took over a bankrupt situation from CalPine and is now trying to get approval to import a foreign fossil fuel. We have an abundance of Natural gas here in this country and the market price for gas is very low domestically so why spend the money trying to create another supply of foreign energy that the USA can become dependent when we do not need to. We have the gas here in the good ole USA.
posted 3 years ago
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