After years of opposition to proposed liquified natural gas terminals in Oregon, the tide is turning.
Port officials and a number of local politicians support the LNG project based on employment prospects and potential tax revenue. Project backers have lobbied community groups and filled the South Coast airwaves with support for the terminal. And trade unions are using their influence statewide to build political support - or at least defuse opposition – to the facilities.
State leaders have a track record of pushing back on the LNG proposals, but may be softening their stance. Former Gov. Ted Kulongski, for example, railed against federal pre-emption of Oregon’s authority to site the terminals, suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Gov. John Kitzhaber, by contrast, has been studiously silent on LNG while opposing coal export terminals.
Read more at OregonLive.com.