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The Daily Astorian Editorial.
Get the straight scope on these LNG carpetbaggers. The NW has no use for imported natural gas in the form of LNG. Secondly, with the Sunstone "Domestic" natural gas pipeline going west to connect with the Williams pipeline, who would need LNG. (FERC Docket #PF09-2)
Building a LNG receiving facility in a salmon Estuary is like building a smelter in Yosemite N.P.
Please read the last two enties taken from The Daily Astorian.
|11/4/2008 10:22:00 AM
Should we trash salmon for LNG?|
Now we’re beginning to know exactly what’s at stake at Bradwood Landing
The dirty little secret about the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal proposal is that it would violate critical salmon habitat. Now we know much more precisely what is at stake. Cassandra Profita's Monday article contains considerable detail about research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In a nutshell, researchers find the waters just off Bradwood are a very important transit point for salmon. But to build the Bradwood LNG terminal, 46 acres of the Clifton Channel would be dredged. Once operating, the terminal would discharge industrial water into the channel, and ships would take water from the channel for ballast.
Degradation of salmon habitat is how certain fish species became endangered. At this stage of recovery process, why insult the salmon habitat further?
NorthernStar - the company behind the Bradwood Landing LNG proposal - has made a financially generous offer to mitigate for lost salmon habitat. But mitigation is also what we've been doing for decades.
If a prospective LNG terminal at Bradwood were really essential to the well being of this state or region, there might be a reason to have a serious discussion about the price of trashing salmon habaitat. But no one really needs this LNG terminal, except the developers who intend to get rich by building it - then flipping it to a larger company. This LNG project is a blue chip in the game of poker that big Texas energy interests will reliably play. We saw it with Enron.
To place an industrial plant such as an LNG terminal next to waters that are vital salmon habitat is not smart. If we were to acquiesce to the NorthernStar proposal, it would only demonstrate that we've learned nothing in the past 20 years.
November 4, 2008 in Bradwood | Permalink
Good work, Astorian! With the Obama election, there is great hope in American. We must demand that science return to our country, and with true science we can defeat Bradwood, Oregon LNG, and associated pipelines.
Whether it is Bradwood, Ore LNG, or the pipelines which would ruin our environment across farm, forest and wildlife habitat, the foreign fossil fuel speculators have refused to practice honest science. A Republican FERC has been a disfunctional agency! Now, with Obama, we have the chance to demand that science returns to mow down these insane proposals.
When Obama's energy advisor visited Portland, he said the new energy policy would not just all states to control their energy futures - but that COMMUNITIES would need to work to determine energy needs and energy solutions. Astoria has been leading the way for community control on energy issues and on environmental issues.
Throw the foreign fossil fuel pigs out of our state - Oregon is a treasure and it is a gift for Oregonians to protect forever!
Posted by: susan | Nov 5, 2008 7:54:04 AM
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