My wife and I recently attended both days of Clatsop County's hearings for land zone change for Bradwood LNG. While the intent or purpose was to hear public testimony concerning the zone change requests by Bradwood LNG, the meetings quickly became a referendum against LNG and the industrialization of the Lower Columbia River.
By a two-to-one margin a diverse cross section of local citizens spoke out against the project. This included fishermen (including two river salmon fishing organizations), business people (including the Columbia River Business Alliance), teachers, building contractors, parents and just plain folk who care about the river.
The main concerns voiced over and over were the health of the Columbia River estuary, including the salmon runs and a healthy economy combined with the incredible quality of life we have that would be put at risk. Citizens speaking out took time off work and in some cases waited all day to testify and voice their concerns.
Northern Star told us how they would need to dredge, change and adapt the entire lower river for their financial benefit so they could import LNG much of which will be shipped to California. They said this would mean jobs and money for our area.
But an overwhelming majority of citizens soundly rejected this insult to our river and Northern Star's plan to mitigate the destruction it would bring. How do you mitigate for a river that would be turned into an industrial ditch? What kind of legacy will we choose to leave for our grandchildren?