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Articles - March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The big, fossil fuel-based project has created controversy. The main source of local opposition is Citizens Against LNG. Among their concerns: The facility will take up a large amount of space adjacent to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Should it be abandoned, it will leave behind a sizeable eyesore in an area important to tourism. The plant will be in a flood and tsunami zone and near an airport, raising safety concerns. Transport tankers require a large security perimeter around them, which may affect recreational and commercial fishing. There is evidence that exporting natural gas will raise prices for American consumers. 

In addition to concerns about the LNG plant, the pipeline will cut across land belonging to farmers and ranchers, something many private land owners oppose. It will cross five rivers and hundreds of small streams, disturbing salmon habitats. Approximately 5,000 people from the four counties affected by the pipeline have signed a petition opposing it.

Jody McCaffree, Citizens Against LNG’s volunteer executive director, prefers the community focus on existing industries, such as the region’s farms and dairies, or renewable energy projects. “We could build wind turbines or do other things that aren’t as destructive to the environment and the bay.” 

A Seattle company is exploring an offshore wind farm in the area; however, it’s hard to blame officials for jumping at the opportunities presented by Jordan Cove. Besides jobs, the facility and pipeline are expected to bring millions of dollars in taxes and other revenue.

Jordan Cove’s only remaining hurdle is obtaining permits from regulatory agencies — no small feat, Hinrichs acknowledges. Still, if the project can stay on schedule, expect building on the LNG facility to begin in 2015, with pipeline construction starting a year later.

Port of Coos Bay Facts: Built in 1912. During peak years, the port saw 300 vessel calls a year. Now the number is closer to 60. If the Jordan Cove project goes forward, vessel calls are expected to reach 180 annually.

“I didn’t start out to oppose this project. But the more I studied it, I thought, ‘Why would we do this?’ We’re not against jobs. We want the jobs of the future. If we’re going to dig up our natural habitat, it should be for something that’s going to be here 20 years from now. You’re not going to get that with fossil fuel infrastructure.” —Jody McCaffree, Citizens Against LNG

Project timeline:

2014: Obtain permits from regulatory agencies 
2015: Begin construction of LNG plant and South Dunes Power Plant
2016: Begin pipeline construction
2019: All facilities operational




-2 #1 RE: Fuel's goldGuest 2014-03-15 01:18:29
The good citizens of this are will no doubt find a way to stop this from happening. Anything that might provide jobs and help the economy is automatically protested and vigorously denounced. I have no idea why, I have never understood it, but it has been this way since at least the 70's when I was in high school here. "We log and we mill and we fish, we don't want anything else." Well guess what, there's almost no mills, there's almost no fish, and what logging get done get loaded out to Japan or China. Take a dose of reality people.
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-3 #2 EPA RoadblocksGuest 2014-03-17 19:23:59
I agree with you regarding delays but don't you think much of it is the militant environmentalis ts rather than the citizens of Coos Bay? I think there are a lot of people who are interested in expanding something besides the pot stores and pawn shops which resulted from the economic destruction of the timber industry. If we can control the feds maybe this will happen.

Unfortunately the same morons who wanted to "save" the Spotted Owl by closing the forest are now talking about killing the Barred Owls instead of rethinking their original and stupid decision to shut down industry to save a bird.
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+2 #3 do the mathGuest 2014-03-17 20:44:09
The jobs created are jobs that will bring people in to build and then they will move on leaving just 10% of the jobs remaining.
Bom bust for the area that really depends on recreation and tourism and has for over 100 years.
Sold out lodging and food bustling traffic for the construction time sending decades of loyal tourists else where.
This is more of the trickle down economics of foreign yes out of state corporations using Oregon for a big profit from their land locked corporate desks.
It is a bubble at best and adds to the already daily pollution we get from Asia now in their uncontrolled energy uses and pollution in mfging. Yes, 30% of the Oregon coast air pollution daily comes from Asia factories mostly China at this time.

Take a trip to Newark New Jersey to see what this looks like after 30 years or more of allowing it to trash that coast line area.

Do the math 200 new jobs or over 200,000 lost tourists and climbing..
You spell Oregon OREGON not Oklahoma
Ever been to Oklahoma, they don't have jobs either and for sure no tourists..

Oh did I forget about environmentalis ts Oregon Shores will speak for themselves.
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+1 #4 Rev.Guest 2014-03-17 22:42:10
Or populace does not have to be pulled into warring camps on this. A very small number of people have captured the process through familiar ways, and are using a bullhorn, while common sense and environmental concerns are pushed aside. Oregon lost more forest this past burn season than it has in 60 years, the ocean is experiencing massive die offs, and people everywhere are looking for green solutions, but the non-leaders in Coos County want to turn the largest estuary in the state over to a foreign gas company.

Historically, we have treated the Coos Estuary poorly, from blowing up log jams to releasing sewage into it, and now this proposal to position a gas export facility in its very mouth would be a nail in its coffin. The promise of "jobs" should translate as "gainful employment", which we all want. Gainful employment would not degrade the quality of life for a whole community.

The Jordan Cove project will grind to a halt this year, for a variety of reasons, and Veresen will call their lawyers home, . Perhaps our current slate of non-leaders will go with them.
If not, the voters may give them the "boost" they deserve.
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+1 #5 RE: Fuel's goldGuest 2014-03-21 04:40:50
Anyone else besides me find it ironic that in the column off to the left of this article you can find this lead-in to another article: Quote:
Are we ready? Oregon business and disaster preparedness
BY MICHAEL R. WARFEL Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest means enjoying our wonderful surroundings, while remaining aware of the multiple types of natural disaster threats that we face: winter storms, windstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.“
Building a LNG plant on a sand spit in a Tsunami zone is INSANE. Everyone keeps saying we're past due for the big one. Where is the common sense here??? Gone, gone in the face of all the greed.
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+1 #6 no taxes afterallGuest 2014-03-21 15:36:39
The good leaders of our area, yes the elected ones are being led by the port of coos bay, who is controlled by the Governor. Well they have decided to privatize any taxes due the area. They are planning to forgive 20 years of taxes in favor of having three chosen friends of LNG direct the flow of "found money" as grants where they see fit, or maybe even no grants, should they decide to bank-it. They will of course have to charge administration fees. There's not enough space permitted here to describe the corruption and the ways its being used against the people of Coos County. The democrats behind this scheme are making republicans proud.
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-2 #7 Freeze in the DarkGuest 2014-03-21 18:13:59
Amazing to read these comments. Have you been to Coos Bay lately? Businesses closed, mills closed, the town is dying. Someone offers a potential of jobs and increased prosperity and we're all about worrying that an earthquake will destroy the plant or fears of Asian pollution. Good grief people, you can't feed your family with green dreams. I thought there might be some hope for Coos Bay's comeback but all I see above are fear mongers, nay sayers and environmental nuts.
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