Thanks to the actions of thousands of Sierra Club members and citizens across Oregon who attended rallies, wrote letters, sent e-mails, made phone calls, met with County Commissioners and took countless other actions to protect Oregon’s farms and forests, this afternoon Palomar Gas Transmission LLC officially withdrew its proposal to build the Palomar Pipeline.
The proposed Palomar pipeline would have stretched over 200 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Central Oregon, forever damaging family-owned farms and forestlands, threatening hundreds of rivers and streams including the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River, and creating a 120 foot-wide, 47 mile-long clearcut across the Mt. Hood National Forest.
“The withdrawal of the permit for the Palomar gas pipeline today is a huge victory for the people of Oregon. Proposed LNG development along the Columbia River and Oregon Coast is and always has been a terrible idea. LNG development and the Palomar pipeline have posed one of the most significant threats to farms, forests and rivers in the Willamette Valley and Mt. Hood National Forest over the past decade. We are glad to see that in addition to withdrawing the western portion of the pipeline originally intended to access proposed LNG import infrastructure, Palomar and Northwest Natural Gas have also decided to withdraw the permit for the controversial eastern section of pipeline across the Mt. Hood National Forest as well. The eastern section of the proposed pipeline would have had significant impacts on old growth forest and Wild and Scenic stretches of river in the Mt. Hood National Forest. With renewed concern over the potential for large-scale earthquakes in our region in coming decades, Oregonians should continue to question proposals to build massive gas pipelines and LNG infrastructure that pose both environmental and public safety risks.”