Tell Decision Makers to Reject the Oregon LNG Teminal in Warrenton:

Comment Deadline Jan. 17, 2015 at 5 PM.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are holding a public comment period to decide whether to issue key permits for Oregon LNG’s Warrenton terminal and pipeline. Oregon LNG cannot build its terminal and gas pipeline without permits from DEQ and the Corps.

For a concise 5 minute explanation of the facts about the LNG project and its impacts, visit the Columbia Riverkeepers website and click on their FactSheet.

How to Submit Comments

1. Submit a comment by email.

OR

2. Mail your comments to DEQ & the Corps describing specific reasons why the agencies should deny LNG.

Send Comments to the Corps:
Email: OregonLNG@usace.army.mil
Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Richard Chong (CENWP-OD-G)
PO Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946
*include the application number, NWP-2005-748, in the subject line.

Send Comments to DEQ:
Email: 401publiccomments@deq.state.or.us
Mail: Oregon DEQ, NW Region
Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Coordinator
2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201-4953
*include the application number, NWP-2005-748, in the subject line

Suggested comments:

Urge DEQ and the Corps to deny Oregon LNG’s permits because

  • The project would destroy 130 acres of critical endangered salmon habitat in Young’s Bay, a key component of the Columbia River Estuary. Oregon LNG’s project completely undermines our region’s investment in salmon restoration.  Because of the large turning basin and the extreme size of LNG tankers, recreational fishing activity in Youngs Bay and, periodically, on the Columbia River near Buoy 10 would  be curtailed. Federal safety regulations require a permanent vehicle exclusion zone around the terminal.
  • Siting the pipeline would require use of “eminent domain” for a private profit development. Eminent domain should only be used for public benefit projects. The pipeline would permanently limit activities of landowners (such as allowing timber growth) along the route.
  • The pipeline and proposed terminal pose significant risks to those living along the pipeline or near the terminal from leaks or explosions. The project would employ few workers.
  • According to the US Energy Information Administration, exporting LNG would significantly increase domestic gas prices. This creates an effective tax on domestic users of natural gas for the sole benefit of LNG Oregon.

The project would undercut the State of Oregon’s work to combat climate change. The lifecycle carbon impacts of LNG are just as bad as coal’s. Increased drilling for natural gas and fracking, combined with the energy costs for liquefying and shipping LNG undercut the State’s climate change agenda.

Onward,

The Team from Onward Oregon

 

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