Greetings from the LNG Front:
For all who are interested, this weekend has two opportunities to get much more informed about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), here in the Northwest and abroad.
Loretta Lynch and Dmitry Lisitsyn will address the climate, environmental justice, and economic impact of opening the Oregon Coast to massive LNG megaterminals. Astoria, Bradwood, and Coos Bay are all facing active LNG import terminal proposals. Each proposal will send out, daily, an amount of natural gas that exceeds Oregon's current total daily consumption of natural gas. The proposed pipelines taking gas away from the LNG import facilities all have conspicuous connections to California, and rural Oregonians and Washingtonians are now facing eminent domain to construct these projects.
Probably more disturbing is the environmental, social, and economic harm wrought by the LNG industry in upstream nations like Russia, where Shell and Gazprom are now pushing the Sakhalin II project forward, destroying rich subsistence fisheries with pipelines and export terminal development. Pacific Rim sources of LNG that might come to Oregon follow generally this pattern (possibly with the exception of Australia) of severe human rights and environmental harm.
Dmitry and Loretta will speak to this better than I can. They have seen this industry at work, first-hand.
Please come! Monday, March 5. 7pm. SW 12th and Salmon - First Unitarian Church.