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2013 has been a good year for all the people of Oregon. In March Oregon LNG was denied the opportunity to even have their appeal heard by the Oregon Supreme Court.  The appeal was brought by Oregon LNG a company that proposes a liquefied natural gas plant in Warrenton, located in Clatsop County. The company had failed to get a pipeline permit for their proposal. The decision has swung a serious blow to the company and has triggered uncertainty if the proposal will ever get off the ground.
Oregon LNG proposed to export natural gas from the U.S. to Asia. The 41 mile pipeline would bring gas to the coastal terminal, where it would be super-chilled and condensed for shipment to markets overseas. The opposition by local communities, people from all over Oregon, Washington and environmentalists has been diligent in their attempt to stop these questionable companies and their destructive proposals.
The Warrenton plant and four other LNG plants have been proposed in Oregon. One, in Clatsop County, one in Columbia County at Port Westward (which never really got off the ground due to the lack of backers)and Bradwood landing which was abandoned due to opposition and monetary problems. Another, in Coos County, remains active.
The projects were originally considered as import terminals. But because hydraulic fracturing created a large supply of natural gas the developers proposed exporting natural gas instead of importing the fuel.
The state of Oregon sided with Oregonians and Washingtonians against LNG terminals and against FERC who has been known to not consider all the information available before making a decision on various proposals. The State of Oregon considered the impact of exporting natural gas and the effects it would have in raising the gas prices domestically and the increase of fracking and many other issues.
The pipeline would have been about 200 miles long and would have adversely impacted forestland, water ways, scenic areas, salmon recovery, state and federal lands, public health to name a few.
Taken off the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a foreign fossil fuel that begins as natural gas and is super-cooled to -261 F. At this temperature, natural gas liquefies and condenses to 1/600th its volume, making it easier to ship. The LNG is shipped overseas in very large tankers and delivered to an LNG import terminal. At that point it is re-gasified and piped into high-pressure natural gas pipelines.
This process of cooling, shipping and re-gasifying causes LNG to be 30% more carbon intensive than domestic and Canadian gas that we currently use in the Pacific NW. LNG is produced in the same geo-political regions as petroleum and carries with it many of the same political, environmental and social maladies that are associated with oil.
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The second victory for Oregon was the withdrawal of Kinder Morgan's proposal for a coal export terminal at Port Westward.  Unfortunately these bums will be back in both proposals for LNG and coal. The battle will continue on because the good people of Oregon and Washington want to keep their states clean, beautiful and environmentally sound. The people on the west coast take pride in where they live and do not want these types of dirty filthy industries destroying our way of life and our states. Oregon and Washington has spent billions on salmon recovery and we do not need the likes of LNG pipelines or coal destroying what we have accomplished.
The people in Oregon and Washington deserve better. We can have jobs and a clean and healthy environment if we demand it. We must continue fighting against companies that are toxic to our states.


TAMMY


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