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Final EIS is out. What now?

Final EIS is out. What now?

The FINAL EIS is out and of course finds no significant impacts from the proposed project. “We conclude that construction and operation of the Project would result in some limited adverse environmental impacts. However, most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed mitigation measures and the […]

Forgive the hiatus. Here is an update

Forgive the hiatus. Here is an update

Yes, I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything. This summer I have been up to my neck working on the community rights initiative, a statewide initiative as well as getting kids enrolled in college, remodeling and earning a living. At least on the remodel front, things are starting to wind down […]

Wall dares invoke the constitution

Wall dares invoke the constitution

Having attended the Salem No-LNG export rally referenced in pro-gas booster Mark Wall’s gushing praise of America’s regulatory process a certain irony is worth pointing out. Both sides are claiming that the same regulatory agencies and rule of law will either be their salvation from unwanted fossil-fuel development or the source of success for permitting […]

Saying NO to fossil-fuels, regulatory agencies are failing us

Saying NO to fossil-fuels, regulatory agencies are failing us

There was a lot of rejoicing last week amongst anti-gas activists when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) upheld a Clatsop County decision to deny a pipeline construction permit to Oregon LNG on five points, including public safety. Providing for the health and safety of its citizens is, after all, a primary duty […]

Why some “green” energy projects are not sustainable for Coos County

Why some “green” energy projects are not sustainable for Coos County

During a recent discussion with a group opposing the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal someone raised the topic of offshore wind. The matter came up within the context of a section  in The Coos County Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance that defines non sustainable energy systems. (d) “Non-sustainable energy systems” means those systems that are […]

Additional strategies for stopping Jordan Cove LNG

Additional strategies for stopping Jordan Cove LNG

As important as it is to put comments into the public record FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), according to one source, has never denied a permit for oil and gas infrastructure unless the developer has first withdrawn the application. In recent weeks, FERC approved construction of a high-volume, high pressure natural gas pipeline that will […]

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Companies that include Williams Partners backing the Constitution Pipeline connecting New York to New England used eminent domain to acquire access to properties against the owners’ wishes. U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by […]

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

As tedious as many public meetings are to sit through one can almost always mine little nuggets of gold from statements made by elected officials. From the inception of the CEP (Community Enhancement Plan) elected leaders from Rep Caddy McKeown to Commissioner Melissa Cribbins denied or questioned whether the so-called community service fees paid into […]

Sweet gets hot under the collar

Sweet gets hot under the collar

Unfortunately I missed this but at yesterday’s BOC meeting Commissioner John Sweet lost his temper. According to witnesses Sweet started a conversation with Phil Thompson a few minutes before the board meeting. The conversation wound around to the gun resolution being urged by gun rights advocates and Sweet told Thompson he just didn’t feel it […]

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