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As an opponent of any LNG facility in the state of Oregon, I am encouraged by the demise of the Bradwood Landing project. I would ask all fellow opponents to now turn your attention to the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline projects. As a resident of Douglas County I fear the environmental havoc the pipeline would wreak as it carves a swath through our gorgeous landscape....even proposing to tunnel under rivers & streams. The benefit of all this devastation will not be to the residents of Douglas County, but to the end-users in California.
Pipeline construction necessarily involves land destruction...it is unavoidable...so despite assurances that habitat rehabilitation will be undertaken by the developers...no one can guarantee the long-term impact of tunneling under the stream that supplies my water. The only safe natural gas pipeline....does not exist. And to add insult to injury....I understand that I must personally assume maintenance of a clearly delineated area around the pipeline...in perpetuity! To assert that the pipeline would be beneficial in any way to the affected landowners is utterly ludicrous.
Additionally, I have recently personally witnessed behavior of pipeline employees that borders dangerously close to harassment...all in the effort to obtain consent forms from a fellow property owner. The "Goodfellas" approach is absolutely unnecessary for a legitimate developer to even consider.
There is no demonstrable "need" for LNG in Oregon.....rather, Oregon is just the back door into the sizeable California market. I doubt that the pipeline development will reduce my natural gas bill one iota...after all, my rural county is just a transit point not a lucrative end-market. Californians resoundingly rejected pipeline development on several occasions, due largely to the well-organized anti-LNG activists. Oregon, with a much smaller group of opponents, faces a herculean task of simply educating a complacent public far more concerned with jobs than any negative environmental impact. Fully 50% of the population of Douglas County is utterly unaware of LNG at all. So, soberly recognize a "victory" at Bradwood Landing....that was easy compared to the task of defeating Jordan Cove Terminal & the Pacific Connector Pipeline
posted 3 years, 1 month ago
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