Clatsop County Withdraws Approval for Oregon LNG pipeline!

Wetlands on the site of the proposed Oregon LNG terminal near Astoria.

In a major decision on January 12, the Clatsop County Commission voted 4-1 to withdraw its previous approval for 41 miles of gas pipeline intended to serve the proposed Oregon LNG import terminal near Astoria. The vote is a major setback for LNG development on the Columbia River, and was the first vote cast in the terms of three new commissioners swept in last November by a public upset by the pro-LNG stance of the previous Commission.

Just last November, the outgoing County Commission voted 4-1 to move forward with approval for the pipeline development.  State law allows counties to reconsider these types of decisions, and this week’ s vote both revokes Oregon LNG’s county approval for its pipeline, it sets the stage for additional public hearings in February.

The fact that Oregon LNG no longer has Clatsop land use approval for the pipeline is a major shift on a project that has been threatening Oregon’s salmon, clean water, farms and forests since 2004.

In 2010, local citizens submitted hundreds of comments urging the Clatsop County Commission to carefully review the public safety, economic, and environmental impacts of the Oregon LNG pipeline. And just last year, the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected the illegal decision by the former Commission on its approval for the nearby Bradwood Landing LNG terminal.

The next opportunity for local residents to show their support for this week’s vote to withdraw the Oregon LNG pipeline permit will be on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria, when the Commission will discuss and determine the scope of its ongoing review of the Oregon LNG pipeline application.

For more info on the impacts of the Oregon LNG proposal, view our fact sheet.

The Sierra Club is also working to stop the Jordan Cove LNG proposal in Coos Bay and southern Oregon. For more information on the Jordan Cove LNG proposal, view our fact sheet.

7 Responses to Clatsop County Withdraws Approval for Oregon LNG pipeline!

  1. Mrs. Nick Harrington says:

    If there is one thing I have learned during my lifetime working for large corporations is: “Who are these people?” In this case, the real people and financial backers of installing 40 plus miles of pipeline? What is their expertise in building this line? Are they speculators or those interested in long-term commitments?

    I also remember when Burt Lancaster, the now deceased movie actor, purchased property along the Columbia River. He was told the future was in natural gas. That was a very long time ago. I don’t know if he eventually sold it, but I doubt that he ever developed the land for its proposed purpose.

    As a child, I spent many summers at a small fishing community called Clifton, Oregon. That was when “trap” fishing was allowed on the Columbia River and the area was filled with fishing boats gathering some of the biggest salmon I ever saw or expect to see. Their catch would be taken to the Columbia River Packing Company for processing at their plant in Astoria. There was a small island adjacent to Clifton owned by a fellow called Bob who farmed peas on his property. The sports fishermen started a vigorous complaint about their inability to get “our fair share” of the salmon and managed to make trap fishing illegal.

    I remember Bradwood, Oregon very well. I believe the Wolf Creek Highway had not yet been built and the only access to Clifton or most of the communities on the Columbia River was by rail. There was even a small community called Manhattan. Crown Zellerbach Corporation had a facility at Cathlamet, Washington for timber harvesting. Each year, the fishing boats and a few pleasure boats would gather at Astoria for the Astoria Regatta. It was a really big, exciting time. Edward Phillip Stamm, a forester with Crown was instrumental in opening a community bank in Cathlamet so the loggers and fishermen would have a place to open accounts.

    Decades later, I drove to Clifton. I hardly recognized it. The fishing was
    long gone, the busy docks had collapsed and what remained was the old railroad depot and a few houses on the river bank.

    The old-timers are long gone, but I understand some of their relatives still gather at Clifton to reminisce and do a little fishing during season. If you want to contact one of those relatives, look up Sam N. Soter who lives in NE Portland, Oregon. He is a retired fireman who still goes to Clifton and lived there for years until the family moved to Portland, Oregon after commercial fishing was prohibited.

    Mrs. Nick Harrington
    Portland, Oregon USA

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