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October 16, 2013
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Letter: Reject permit for pipeline

Reject permit for pipeline

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline has submitted a request to the Douglas County Planning Commission for a major amendment to the conditional use permit issued in 2009 to allow a new natural gas pipeline to be constructed along a 7.67 mile section of land in Camas Valley, which is included within Douglas County’s Coastal Zone Management Area, for the purpose of importing natural gas into the United States.

The granted conditional use permit was initially for two years. The current request for a major amendment has three stated objectives, primarily to change the purpose of the permit from import to export and also for slight variances in the route.

The latest proposal from Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordon Cove is to export natural gas from the Rocky Mountains to Coos Bay to be converted to liquid natural gas and sold to “international markets.”

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Oct. 17 to receive comments from only those property owners directly impacted by the pipeline.

The commission is tasked with approving or rejecting the request because the proposed pipeline goes through the Douglas County portion of Oregon’s Coastal Zone Management Area. The guidelines for management of that area should be the basis used when they review the request.

I wrote to the Planning Commission in opposition to the pipeline because I believe it poses a very real safety concern for the residents of Camas Valley, where the pipeline will leave a 50-95 foot swath through the center of the valley.

Camas Valley is ill-equipped to handle any gas explosions or fires that may occur as the result of a pipeline failure. The proposed pipeline is 36 inches in diameter and is designed to transport a billion cubic feet of gas per day.

I urge the Douglas County Planning Commission to reject the conditional use permit.

Barbara Brown

Camas Valley property owner

Salem resident

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