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Letter, Jan. 8

Don’t be fooled

By now most of us have received the glossy Pembina advertisements claiming “We are your neighbors and friends” and “we do right by our neighbors.”

Neighbors and friends don’t take your land by eminent domain. There’s also a photograph of a beautiful river with tree-lined banks, stating “Clean energy looks like this.” My favorite is the photo of a family camping with the words “Respect Oregon.” There have been over 40,000 comments opposing this pipeline — where’s the respect?

These statements would be laughable if the consequences of building the export terminal and 233-mile pipeline weren’t so deadly serious: around 400 waterways threatened; farmer and landowner rights trampled; tribal territories and burial grounds threatened; LNG is highly explosive; and the terminal would be located in the tsunami zone. Have we already forgotten that there was an earthquake off the coast at Coos Bay this past August? A fault line known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone puts the region at risk of earthquakes and potentially damaging tsunami.

A pipeline ruptured and sparked a massive fire in British Columbia in September 2018. Other natural gas explosions just last year occurred in eight states. The proposed pipeline would cross fire-prone forests and ranches — imagine the catastrophic results of an explosion.

Clearly, this is a slick propaganda campaign in concert with “grants” to various nonprofit organizations in Southern Oregon (what some might call bribes). Pembina is spending millions of dollars on mailers, radio and TV ads, and these community grants in an attempt to overcome community opposition. Additionally, contributions totaling $214,500 were made this year to politicians in Oregon, one can assume with the expectation that those politicians will support the project. Not much respect for the democratic process.

In a radio interview, Michael Hinrichs responded to a caller’s concerns about potential hazards by saying, “I’m not focused on ‘what happens if.’” Maybe Hinrichs doesn’t want to focus on “what happens if,” but we’d better. Don’t be fooled by the slick advertisements!

Eileen Chieco


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