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Saturday, July 14, 2007


LNG Terminal in Astoria, Oregon?

Surfrider volunteers on the north coast are working to oppose development of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal, pipeline, and other facilities within the Columbia River Estuary. There are currently four different proposals to establish import terminals. The proposed sites include Bradwood Landing, located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at approximately River Mile 38 (see photo); Tansy Point, within the City of Warrenton, Oregon; and the east and west banks of the Skipanon River mouth, also within the City of Warrenton. A number of concerns about LNG have been raised including threats to: water quality, shoreline access, public safety, local economics, salmon populations, etc. On July 17, the Clatsop County Planning Commission will accept public comments on the Bradwood Landing proposal. To read comments submitted to Clatsop County by local activists, please see first comment to this post. If you are interested in getting involved in this campaign contact pstauffer@surfrider.org. For more info on the proposed project see http://www.co.clatsop.or.us/index.asp


6 Comments:
Blogger Surfrider Foundation said...

Clatsop County Planning Commission
Community Development Department
800 Exchange St., Ste.100
Astoria, OR 97103
July 7, 2007

Dear Planning Commission:

The Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation urges you to deny permits and reject land-use amendments related to Bradwood Landing’s proposed development of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal, pipeline and other facilities on the Columbia River east of Astoria.

Development of an LNG operation in Clatsop County would result in significant environmental impacts, including stress to local fish and wildlife populations. The western portion of the Columbia River serves as critical habitat for a variety of species, including endangered salmonids, and proposed activities on the shore and in the water would negatively affect these populations. Furthermore, the dredging of the Columbia for tanker access would stir up a legacy of toxins, degrading water quality and posing a threat to both aquatic life and public health.

The Bradford Landing proposal would also threaten recreational opportunities in the Columbia. The waters off Astoria provide excellent opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, surfing, windsurfing, and fishing. Establishing an LNG operation would comprise the public’s ability to participate in such recreational activities, due to declines in shoreline access, aesthetics, public safety, and a clean environment.

Finally, the proposed LNG terminal would result in negative impacts to local businesses. Many small businesses in Astoria benefit from the beauty of the surrounding environment, as well as the history and heritage of the region. These include businesses that cater to recreational, cultural, and tourism activities. Establishing an LNG facility would marginalize some of Clatsop County’s best attributes, and in the process reduce the related economic benefits.

The Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation submits these comments on behalf of our members in Clatsop County and throughout the state of Oregon. Our membership includes surfers, divers, fishermen, swimmers, paddlers, and other user groups who spend significant time on the coast and in the ocean.

Sincerely,

Brad & Kris Wentworth
Residents & surfer
Warrenton, OR

Mark Taylor & Maureen Sheffield-Taylor
Cold Water Surf Shop - Owners
Residents & surfer - Astoria, OR

Jim Rafferty
Resident & surfer
Warrenton, OR

Christopher D. Hoover
Resident & surfer
Astoria, OR

Dennis Smith
Seaside Surf Shop – Owner
Resident & surfer - Seaside, OR

Paul Christiansen
Resident & surfer
Hammond, OR

Doug & Laure Penny
Residents & surfer
Ilwaco, WA

Josh Gizdavich
Cleanline Surf Shop – Owner
Resident & surfer - Seaside, OR

Paavo DeLind
Resident & surfer
Seaside, OR

Kari Wilson
Resident & surfer
Astoria, OR

Frank Buck
Resident & surfer
Seaside, OR

Josh Emmerling
Resident & surfer
Gearhart, OR

Pete Stauffer
Oregon Policy Coordinator
Surfrider Foundation

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go kids Go. they are trying to sell us a bill of goods. did they mention the cost of public money that they want to use to further the bottom line corprate profits? the loss of traditional rights to use the river is in serious trouble..Our kids and grandkids future is being sold on the world market to speculators on this corprate gravy train. this is not the path to renewable energy.. importing more gas is not good .. Why not look below in the ground underneath yourself .. I think that you would be suprised how much gas is available. I am not against the use of natural gas. I like to cook and heat homes with it..why buy high cost overseas, when local is better. NO LNG NO LNG

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Long Island John said...

This isn't just happening in Oregon. It's going on all over the country. Check out what's happening in New York:

http://fraudwater.com/

9:21 PM  
Blogger JACK said...

WE NEED LNG IN OREGON.OUR STATE IS BROKE.ESPICALLY THE OREGON COAST.HAVE YOU SEEN THE FOR LEASE SIGNS IN ASTORIA?EVERY WEEK THERE IS A NEW ONE.OREON HAS RUN OFF NEW BUSINESS IN ASTORIA .WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE? TAX REVENUE FROM BUSINESS! NO ONE WILL DYE IF THIS GOES IN.THE FISH WILL STILL COME IN THE RIVER.THE MENTALITY OF OUR STATE IS UNBELIEVEABLE.EXTREME ENVIRONMENTALIST HAVE BANKRUPTED THIS STATE. EVERYONE IS BROKE IN ASTORIA. WELCOME TO THE OREGON COAST BROKE & TOOTHLESS. CAROL

1:01 PM  
Blogger poortland said...

Oregon coast and wine country future is in tourism.
LNG is an easy escape and short live solution for structural unemployment.
Really little effort is made to reach out and to develop the tools and structures needed for a profitable hospitality and tourism sector.
lack of vision and a risk aversion attitude are the cause of the backwardness of the Oregon coast and valleis.
European barely know where Oregon is. Little effort is made to let them know that there is something different than California on the west cost. Whale watching , mountain biking , trekking, culinary development , horse riding, fishing , some well organized cultural event are the solution and provides higher income and many more jobs(if jobs are the issue). and a lot of work to be done
it is strange for somebody like me , coming from far away, to notice that nobody here sees this prospective as viable .
have a nice day and go see other places to get an idea .
Oregon is a fantastic place, and a certain kind of blindness is a reversible condition .

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HAVE A HOME IN CHINOOK WASHINGTON. WE TRAVEL THROUGH ASTORIA VIA HWY 30 EVERY WEEK END. EVERY MONTH THERE ARE MORE BUSINESSES GOING BROKE IN ASTORIA. OUR STATE NEEDS THIS LNG TERRIBLY BAD.THE SHIPS DO NOT COME IN EVERYDAY! THERE IS NO WAY THIS WILL HURT THE ENVIRONMENT.OUR STATE IS BROKE! WHO WANTS TO VISIT A STATE THAT HAS FOR LEASE SIGNS AND RUN DOWN BUILDINGS? MY HUSBAND HAS FISHED FOR SALMON FOR 30 YEARS IN THE COLUMBIA.THE WATER TEMP. HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME FOR THE TIME OF YEAR.SOMETIMES COLDER. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY BROKE & UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE AS AT THE OREGON COAST. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.WE NEED JOBS!!!!! CAROL GRONVOLD

12:06 PM  

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