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Time to step up our game

Time to step up our game

There is a touching story about a dying astronaut who plans to spend his remaining time on earth fighting global warming for his only grandchild. Piers Sellers visited the International Space Station three times and took twice as many spacewalks. His extraterrestrial perspective coupled with his science background helped him recognize how “climate change is […]

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

So far in 2016 an energy expert insists Jordan Cove will very likely receive its Record of Decision and described FERC as “a rubberstamp agency”. The World reported that from the State’s perspective if the project’s application meets all criteria “it gets the permit.” A Veresen representative added brutal emphasis to these harsh realities speaking […]

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 […]

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 […]

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according to one source, has never denied a permit for oil and gas infrastructure unless the developer has first withdrawn the application.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 […]

Land use laws need an update

Land use laws need an update

Over the years, acting in various capacities, I have had occasion to interact with many individual employees of the various Oregon state agencies involved in environmental management activities. In the majority of cases, I have come away impressed by the expertise, knowledge and dedication of the individuals involved. That being said, time and again I […]

FERC meeting tonight at Hale Center

FERC meeting tonight at Hale Center

The first of several hearings begin today at the SOCC campus in the Hale Performing Arts Center. Citizens are given 3 minutes to have their oral comments entered into the record. Coos Commons Protection Council will be collecting signatures for The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance.   All meetings will begin […]

Make no mistake, this is war

Make no mistake, this is war

“The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities… It is best to win without fighting.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War Coos County is under siege and an occupying army has already breached the perimeter and aligned itself with the local economic development cabal. We […]

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