No To LNG, Salem Rally, February 6
The LNG regassification terminal near Coos Bay is proposed near the best Snowy Plover protected habitat on the Oregon coast. It will be built on an unstable sand dune in a tsunami and earthquake subduction zone at the end of an active airport runway in an area known for high winds, storms, and natural ship disasters (the New Carissa remains wrecked here). According to the GAO, an explosion can burn skin on people a mile away.
Please come to Salem on February 6, to voice our opposition to the insanity of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Unlike natural gas, LNG is imported from overseas from countries like Russia and Iran. If we allow LNG infrastructures to be built in Oregon, we will significantly increase our dependence on unstable foreign governments, for global warming fossil fuels.
LNG is made by liquefying natural gas, compressing it so it can be put it on huge (1,000 foot long) ocean tankers, to be shipped overseas. One proposed destination in Oregon is North Bend, where the tankers would have to maneuver through an important Grey Whale migration route to enter Coos Bay. The regassification plant is proposed on the North Spit.
The LNG regassification terminal is proposed near the best Snowy Plover protected habitat on the Oregon coast. It will be built on an unstable sand dune in a tsunami and earthquake subduction zone at the end of an active airport runway in an area known for high winds, storms, and natural ship disasters (the New Carissa remains wrecked here). According to the GAO, an explosion can burn skin on people a mile away.
To get the gas to California, a 100' wide pipeline right-of-way will have to be built 230 miles to the California border near Klamath Falls.
The pipeline will have to cross 5 major rivers 7 times, (the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath Rivers), as well as cross hundreds of salmon bearing streams, harming fish with permanently clearcut stream banks, fish-killing sediment, and toxic drill lubricants like bentonite clay.
The 230 mile pipeline alone will clearcut hundreds of acres of Oregon forests, including habitat for the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelets, great grey owl, and other threatened and rare wildlife species. 70 miles of the 100' wide clearcut will be through public forests (BLM and Forest Service), many of which have been set aside as reserves for endangered species.
One billion cubic feet of gas per day will be pushed through the pipeline, unodorized. Any leaks threaten not only people, but also any wildlife in the area with toxic fumes and forest fires.
Impacts to fish and wildlife from LNG extend world-wild. For instance, extraction and liquification of natural gas on Sakhalin Island, Russia, have severely degraded their native salmon spawning habitat.
Perhaps one of the most insidious impacts to our native ecosystems is from burning the LNG. LNG is not a clean fuel. In fact, the total carbon footprint of LNG is far higher than natural gas and is almost as dirty as some types of coal. This is due to the energy-intensive liquification and regasification process, the transportation costs, and the numerous small leaks of methane from source to end-user.
LNG is not a bridge to renewable energy, as some will claim, but rather it is a crutch retarding our conversion to renewable energy sources. We must stop the insanity of LNG.
The federal agency in charge of giving permissions to power companies for LNG is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The plan is for FERC to give a "certificate" to energy companies to allow them to condom people's land so they can build their private energy systems. The Bush administration, in the 2005 Energy Bill, made it a lot easier for these private companies to take people's private land through eminent domain.
Hundreds of families along proposed pipeline routes in Oregon are threatened with loosing their land to international corporations. Their property values will be lowered, their privacy will be gone, herbicide spraying will occur along the route, and their aesthetic view and quality of life will be trashed. Once the energy company installs their dangerous pipelines through people's lands and near homes, they can resell the right-of-way to other companies anywhere in the world that might, or might not, be good stewards of the pipeline, further endangering people's lives.
For the sake of all your neighbors along the proposed pipeline routes in Oregon, come to the Salem rally, and just say no to LNG.
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