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Letters, May 25

Kudos to LNG foes

The state Department for Environmental Quality denied the water quality permit for the LNG: there is more to come, but it ain’t over till it’s over.

1) Jordan Cove has 20 days to appeal the decision/ request a contested hearing, meaning: Jordan Cove can reapply.

2) The DEQ denial was not based on the impact that the entire project would have on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Methane emissions from fracking/processing/ transmitting the gas, plus the final combustion emissions, would result in 52 million metric tons (MMT) of GHG. Comparing 52 million with Oregon’s in-boundary emissions total, we find it the equivalent of 80% of our emissions. Furthermore, Oregon Climate Action Program, (regulates the fossil fuel combustion emissions and industrial process emissions from large manufacturers) would create 11 MMT of emissions in 2050. Since natural gas infrastructure lasts many decades, we could expect that this project would be responsible for nearly five times Oregon’s total emissions by then.

Pembina claims to be a good neighbor. The only neighborly thing Pembina can do is withdraw this disastrous project and get out of the natural gas business. It ain’t over till it’s over.

Louise D. Shawkat


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