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March 18, 2014
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Letter: Keep LNG in mind when choosing elected officials

Ask candidates about pipeline

One of the more curious aspects of the LNG pipeline issue is the silence of local Republicans on the matter. One of the Republican party’s most attractive beliefs is that the right of private property should be honored and protected. Yet with this pipeline we have Chinese investors operating through a Canadian company to gain the right of eminent domain to take a right of way to earn “hundreds of billions” and pay Douglas County property taxes on the pipe. Veresen Energy, operating outside of the laws of the United States, is selling fossil fuel to Communist China. Google Veresen Energy for yourself.

Remember the Formosa Mine, a similar scenario that’s now a superfund site putting acidic water into the Umpqua River? In the path of a big earthquake, what could go wrong with federal agencies doing the planning? Add a fumbling Democratic governor who should be getting skinned for the shenanigans over in Coos Bay. All of this and not a peep from the Republican party or any of the elected officials.

At least the Democratic party passed a resolution calling for royalties to be paid. There are other good reasons this pipeline is a bad deal for Douglas County, but royalties are better than eminent domain. Figuring the Republicans would appreciate the profit motive, the Democratic party went to the Republicans for support of this resolution, but they refused to discuss it.

There are local contested races for county commissioner and the House of Representatives in Salem. All of these candidates should be questioned at any public event about the use of eminent domain and what they think about this pipeline. What are they going to do about it, once elected? Now is the time they are on the hook.

Richard Chasm


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