Here we are kicking off a celebration commemorating an event that, in its
time, was an adventure on the same scale and magnitude as mankind's first
setting foot on the moon; the celebration of the bicentennial of the Lewis
and Clark expedition that virtually opened the West that we live in today.
It's sadly ironic and in lockstep with this momentous celebration that we
are about to be witness to another piece of groundshaking history that could
possibly and irreparably change the quality of our lives and the
infrastructure of this part of the Lower Columbia River region at least for
the next 65 years and that is The Public Hearing on the rezoning of the
Skipanon Penisinsula to accommodate a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Storage
Terminal to be installed under the name of Skipanon Natural Gas Facility LLC
and the control of Calpine Energy Group out of San Jose, California.
I will warn you that if you have participated in any of the previous
so-called hearings or Public meetings on this project or, yet, the other
proposed LNG facility that could be built, if this "Monster" is approved,
just a mile or so away on Tansy Point, leased and controlled by the Nygaard
Logging Family, you will see that true "Public Process" will be sorely
As a matter of fact this meeting will likely, if the past is any indicator,
be tightly choreographed and moderated by Warrenton's Mayor and the "Hearing
Speakers" will definitely be handpicked for both sides as it seems to have
If you have never had a reason to bring you to your feet, never felt
compelled to speak out on any issue in your life, now is the time to set
aside what ever fears you might have and stand up at this meeting and be
heard, pro or con.
It is one of the most important meetings you will ever attend because our
life quality here in this place that all of us love and the lives of those
that we will leave it to are in the hands of what I personally have observed
to be five careless individuals representing a population of about 4230
people. Many that perhaps fear standing up on this issue one way or the
other. Please don't let a small handful of voices decide the future of us
all. Don't let a few people decide your future simply because you can't
stand up long enough to say yea or nay. You can, JUST DO IT !
I say lets stop this madness now.
We have already witnessed the carelessness of the decisions of a Port
Commission under questionable leadership on this matter.
Let's not allow these men who represent the people of Warrenton sell us out
to a bad, bad, choice.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 6:00pm at the Warrenton Community Center, 170
S.W. 3rd Street, Warrenton, Oregon.
Be there even if you have to stand outside in the rain, out in the streets
but, be there.