Think carefully about pipeline
This letter regards The News-Review editorial of Oct. 30, 2013, concerning the Pacific Connector Pipeline, the Coastal Zone Management Area and the export of U.S. natural gas. Shame on you; the editorial implied our Douglas County Planning Commission should abrogate its duty to Douglas County residents by rubber stamping a project that has the potential to adversely affect the CZMA for years.
The commission should proceed cautiously in approving a Conditional Use Permit in the Coastal Zone. The exporting of natural gas may or may not benefit our nation, but the Canadian owned Veresen will make billions in profit.
The commissioners should take into consideration that no engineering plans were submitted in the permit request. The safety, strength and viability of the pipeline can’t be assessed until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which should show the “nuts and bolts” of the project. Besides county-owned land, property-owning taxpaying residents living in the CZMA deserve a decision that provides all the protection the commission can muster.
The commissioners need to make release and preview of the DEIS a condition of permit approval, making a more informed decision possible. The effects of ill-conceived projects are apparent in the 12-inch Coos Bay gas pipeline.
It was supposed to create 2,700 jobs in Coos County. Where are they? Where were the landowner protections when their land sloughed away, due to poor engineering? If the current application is approved, the commissioners should require very specific, enforceable safeguards, so we don’t end up with an even bigger mess.
Then there is the issue of using eminent domain to force landowners to give up their property rights to a Canadian company. This, too, should weigh heavily in the commissioners’ deliberations.