Attend an Oregon DEQ meeting on LNG and Coal Plants Planned for the Columbia Estuary!
Tuesday Jan 23rd at Knappa High School (41535 Old Highway 30)
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 Clatskanie High School (471 Bel Air Drive)
This is your chance to tell DEQ that you want them to stand up for the Columbia Estuary and take a strong stance against LNG and Coal projects that threaten the water, land, air and people of the Estuary.
There will be an informal opportunity to ask DEQ questions and provide comments and it is important to let DEQ know that people are very opposed to these projects. Some potential issues to raise include:
Telling DEQ you oppose the proposed LNG and Coal plants and tell them you want them to help protect the Estuary and your community from these projects;
Thank DEQ for not moving forward with processing Northern Star's air and water permits until they have completed the land use process at Clatsop County;
Remind DEQ that the Estuary is considered the "lynchpin" to salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and that it should be protected accordingly;
Ask DEQ to consider the impacts of ALL of the water pollution discharges from the LNG terminals under its "401 certification authority," including the impacts of ballast water, cooling water discharges, all dredging and filling and any discharges from the regasification process. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act gives DEQ the right to veto the federal Clean Water Act permits for the facility on the grounds that the permit would allow a violation of state water quality law. DEQ needs to be encouraged to use this authority to review ALL of the water impacts from this facility and not just the proposed dredging.
Ask DEQ to prepare a cumulative impact assessment of the air impacts of a) multiple LNG facilities and tankers, b) the proposed coal plants planned for Port Westward and Kalama c) the PGE new and existing gas-fired power plants, d) the Mint-Farm gas-fired power plant now being built in Vancouver, e) the proposed Wood burning plant planned next to Northern Star's facility and f) the multiple ethanol production plants planned around the Estuary.
Thanks a lot- Tell a friend about these meetings!
Questions? Call Dan Serres, 503-890-2441
Information Meetings about the Proposed Industrial Development
on the Lower Columbia River
"Significant new industrial development is taking place or is proposed in the Lower Columbia River area, this includes LNG and coal-gasification.
The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) understands that people have questions or concerns about air and water quality in this area, and about the DEQ permitting process. To answer questions and address concerns, DEQ will hold two informational meetings.
At each meeting, DEQ staff will give a short presentation to explain where DEQ fits with respect to land use regulation and how their permit process works, followed by questions and answers.
These meetings will be informal. They will not be public hearings where people submit comments for the record." (Taken from DEQ meeting announcement.)
In the last gasp for new sources of energy in the time of peak-oil, the Columbia River appears to some as gold to be mined, an energy resource to be exploited. Our river and therefore our communities are under assault by the energy companies looking to line their pockets with the latest get rich quick scheme labeled as "clean energy."
It is important for us to understand and participate in the permitting processes. Please plan to attend one of these meetings.
Meeting dates and locations:
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:30pm
Knappa High School
41535 Old Highway 30
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30
Clatskanie High School
471 Bel Air Drive