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Clatsop County Wants To Make Sure Oregon LNG Has Emergency Plans


A liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for the Oregon Coast is running into a host of safety questions, after last month’s gas explosion in Northern California.

Oregon LNG needs approval from Clatsop County to build a terminal in Warrenton. But county commissioners delayed a vote until  Wednesday after getting conflicting information about emergency plans.

Company officials have said they have a sufficient emergency response plan. But some commissioners, like Robert Mushen, aren’t convinced.

Robert Mushen: “We need to make sure that the company has an emergency response plan in place, and that response plan addresses anything that could happen in the county, and that also includes financial responsibility for being sure that the first responders are trained, and properly equipped, to deal with anything that happens.”

Mushen says Clatsop County’s attorney is studying what was filed with the federal government, to make sure the company’s safety plans include the 40-mile gas pipeline, and not just the terminal.

Mushen says the  Oregon LNG project faces a possible denial, delay, or conditional approval requiring stronger safety provisions.