The turn out was huge and the gathering was high spirited and well informed. Many were from the areas of Oregon which would be affected by the LNG facilities or the pipelines which would funnel the gas down to energy consumers in California. Farmers from Mollala and Gayles Creek, full time fishing guides, commercial fisherman, were just a few of the people who turned out to insist that this project be abandoned and to demand that Oregon Governor Kulongowski weigh in against this project.|
This is a 20 minute audio file of the speakers from the days event. The Protest was moderated by Brent Foster, director of Columbia Riverkeeper who introduced a number of speakers. These weren't activists or staff from conservation organizations, but every day working Oregonians, giving their perspective on the dire consequences of locating this facility in the Columbia river estuary.
Susan Hansen, a farmer from Molala, where I believe the spur pipeline from the Oregon coast to California is going to pass through. She is with the groups, Northwest Property Rights Coalition and Citizens Against LNG
Bob Reese, a full time Fishing Guide.
John Platt, speaking for Columbia River Intertribal fish Commission.
Greg Jacob, representing the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Jack, a 3rd generation commercial fisherman on the Columbia River.
Monica, from Cascadia Rising Tide
Susan Fosberg, a forester from Gayles Creek.
And last, a farmer, who didn't give his name, and his wife Nancy.
All spoke eloquently and passionately about how this facility and piple line would adversely affect their quality of life and that of Oregonians in general. From the destruction of family farms, to the destruction of the salmon to the enormous burden put upon Oregonians to construct an infrastructure based on unsustainable fossil fuels, everyone was here today to say that this is a bad idea. It is not a half step towards a sustainable energy future, as some would have us believe.
LNG Protest, RealPlayer
LNG Protest, MP3