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Citizens Applaud LUBA Decision Denying Bradwood LNG Terminal

Astoria, OR - Columbia Riverkeeper and partners won their appeal today when the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) overturned Clatsop County's decision to approve the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline. "This decision is a victory for healthy communities and clean energy," said Columbia Riverkeeper executive director Brett VandenHeuvel.
Astoria, OR - Columbia Riverkeeper and partners won their appeal today when the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) overturned Clatsop County's decision to approve the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline. "This decision is a victory for healthy communities and clean energy," said Columbia Riverkeeper executive director Brett VandenHeuvel. The successful appellants include Columbia Riverkeeper, Clatsop County citizens, commercial fishermen, the Columbia River Business Alliance, and the Sierra Club. These appellants were represented by Jan Wilson of the Western Environmental Law Center and Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia Riverkeeper. The Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission was also successful in its appeal. In September, Clatsop County citizens voted by a 2-1 margin to reject LNG pipelines. Today's decision by LUBA further invalidated Bradwood's land use permits. Opponents of the Bradwood project contend that the terminal and pipeline would have killed endangered salmon, increased foreign fossil fuel dependence, and imposed eminent domain on small private landowners. Brett VandenHeuvel, who argued the case for the appellants, stated, "Bradwood LNG lost at the voting booth, lost in court, and is losing in the court of public opinion. People across Oregon don't think it's fair to sacrifice our farms and forests for pipelines to carry LNG to California." Cheryl Johnson, a 30-year resident of Clatsop County and a volunteer Estuary Coordinator for Columbia Riverkeeper, remained firm that the Bradwood LNG project should not move forward. "LUBA's decision only adds to the fact that the people of Clatsop County have spoken and spoken clearly: we oppose Bradwood LNG." Peter Huhtala, Astoria resident and Executive Director of the Columbia River Business Alliance, stated, "LNG is bad for business in Clatsop County. Not only is LNG more expensive for businesses than domestic natural gas, but relying on Russia and the Middle East for gas supplies creates instability that we just don't need." LUBA remanded the decision back to Clatsop County to reconsider their decision in accordance with the law.

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