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Are You Down With LNG?

How should liquified natural gas fit into Oregon’s energy future?

In my home state of Maryland, LNG is an old issue. There’s been a liquified natural gas facility in Cove Point, just south of Baltimore, since before I was born. It’s one of five active LNG terminals in the United States. Three LNG companies are vying for the chance to put the sixth one here in Oregon, but opponents say a terminal could bring environmental and public safety risks, while setting back the state’s renewable energy industry.

With three projects in the pipeline (as it were), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will ultimately decide which of these gets approved and then it will be up to the industry to decide which of the approved projects is the most viable. Before they assess each of the proposals individually, Governor Ted Kulongoski has asked FERC to assess the region’s need for LNG in the first place.

Do you live near one of the proposed sites? Would you welcome the influx of new jobs or worry about a pipeline beneath your vineyard? How does LNG fit into Oregon’s energy future?

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