By Colin Westerfield (Sierra Club volunteer)
The October 12th meeting of the State Land Board marked a victory for anti-LNG efforts in Oregon. The meeting resulted in Board support of a proposed Public Participation Resolution. The Resolution, spear-headed by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, establishes public “Hearing Sessions” throughout Oregon during 2011. These sessions will create a public forum, in which citizens can communicate directly with the Board on critical issues like LNG development on public lands.
The Hearing Sessions are the direct result of actions by Oregonians opposed to LNG. Concerned citizens flooded the State Land Board and Department of State Lands with contacts prior to the October 12th meeting. Department of State Lands Director Louise Solliday told meeting attendees she’d received approximately 100 emails regarding the Public Participation Resolution.
Anti-LNG efforts also included a strong presence at the October 12th meeting. A 17-member coalition of Oregonians attended the meeting wearing coordinated red shirts in unified opposition to LNG. The group included citizens from Clatsop, Yamhill, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas and Marion counties, many of whom expressed their concerns in public comments to the Board. The broad coalition of Oregonians gained the attention of the Board and secured an ongoing dialogue with decision-makers in Salem. Many thanks to everyone who attended the meeting, sent an email or made a phone call in opposition to LNG in Oregon.