Two stories on liquefied natural gas projects in Oregon underscore that a resource touted as providing clean energy is provided by an industry that isn’t clean, at all.
Of course, New York’s recent banning of hydraulic fracturing in the state belongs in this discussion, as does the finding that the industry unnecessarily releases huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere, but events closer to home have gotten less notice. First up on the local front are concerns regarding the actions of firms involved in the Jordan Creek LNG terminal. A biologist on the project, Barbara Gimlin, has blown the whistle on illegitimate practices by contractors at the site. The Oregonian provides details: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/whistleblower_at_jordan_cove_l.html#incart_river
Also affecting a proposed LNG project on the Oregon Coast, a recent decision by the Oregon Supreme Court has invalidated arguments by developers against Clatsop County’s decision to disallow a pipeline intended to serve a planned facility at Warrenton. The developers had argued bias on the part of those making the decision. With that argument out of the way, an appeal by the developers to the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals can proceed. Those opposed to the pipeline consider this a tentative victory. Again, the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/post_218.html#incart_river