Northwest Property Rights Coalition Asks for "No" Vote on House Bill 3058 in Tuesday Hearing
Salem, OR - Private property owners affected by proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) takeaway pipelines are calling on the Oregon legislature to stop a bill that would ease the path for LNG development. The Northwest Property Rights Coalition is asking members of the House Sustainability and Economic Development Committee to oppose HB 3058, which would allow developers of LNG terminals, pipelines, and transmission lines to apply for permits on private lands without first obtaining landowner permission.
Marc Auerbach, Chair of NWPRC, described why a "No" vote on HB 3058 would protect landowners throughout Oregon. "Right now only a private landowner or someone they authorize can request permits. But HB 3058 would overturn current law allowing almost anyone to pull permits on your property. Gas and electric monopolies, who are some of the biggest users of eminent domain in Oregon, want to replace this common sense requirement with HB 3058. Thousands of people in Oregon would be harmed by HB 3058, when companies immediately begin seeking permits on private lands."
Steve Wick, NWPRC board member and a Yamhill County landowner who is affected by the proposed Palomar and Oregon LNG pipelines, pointed to potential problems with the bill's implementation. "I have two pipeline proposals on my property. HB 3058 would allow both companies to seek broad areas for permits on my land. This bill is outrageous, and would create a free-for-all that would rob Oregonians of a thorough, orderly public process."
The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 28th at 1pm.
Contact: Marc Auerbach, Chair, NWPRC. (503) 701-1437
Visit us at www.nwprc.org for more info.