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February 20, 2014
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Letter: Proposed pipeline will lower value of land and income in Douglas County

Politicos should be ashamed

There are so many bad things about the Pacific Connector gas pipeline it’s hard to sit down and write a letter in 250 words to express my dissatisfaction with our elected leaders, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and with Williams Pipeline.

First of all, how can they take private property by eminent domain so that a Canadian gas company can reap billion in profits and not give one penny to the state, to the county, or to the people who are forced to give up their land?

It is easy for all of the politicos and chamber of commerce types to attend meetings in Roseburg or Salem at odd hours and blow off the concerns of rural landowners, but they ought to realize the value of these lands to the long-range income for Douglas County. Instead, they are willing to trade off someone else’s life’s work and investment so they can enjoy a fast buck for a year or two.

My husband and I worked at a plywood mill most of our adult lives to earn a happy home with trees and beauty around us. This is a dream shared by many Americans, and Camas Valley is a special place. The pipeline tears all that up, so Veresen Energy of Calgary, Alberta, can rob us. Who is going to want to come here and buy real estate anywhere near this dangerous installation? How can our elected leaders allow this? Governor Kitzhaber ought to be ashamed of himself.

Greta Henley

Camas Valley

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The News-Review Updated Mar 3, 2014 10:16AM Published Feb 20, 2014 10:04AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.