LNG Threatens Communities, Farms, and Forests

For years, private LNG companies have cast a shadow of uncertainty over communities and properties threatened by LNG terminals and pipelines. Initially, LNG companies proposed importing LNG and threatened hundreds of landowners with taking private property, including highly productive farm and forest land, through the power eminent domain. In 2012, the proposed Oregon LNG terminal flipped to a proposed export terminal, and the threat for landowners along the pipeline route and communities near the terminal site remains.

 

Catastrophic Accident or Terrorist Attack

The shipping route for LNG tankers and the LNG terminal site itself are extremely close to population centers such as Warrenton, Hammond, and Astoria. The consequences of an accidental or terrorist-induced ignition of a vapor cloud from an LNG tank or tanker are catastrophic. The planned pipeline has a high-impact blast zone of over 800 feet and would put rural residents and others along the pipeline route at serious personal risk.

 

Pipeline Explosions

Oregon LNG proposes building 86 miles of 36-inch, high-pressure, non-odorized pipeline within a tsunami zone and an area of known for its landslides and earthquakes. As recent natural gas pipeline explosions demonstrate, even with modern safety standards and inspections, deadly pipeline explosions continue to occur.

 

Exclusion Zones in the Columbia River

Oregon LNG’s terminal would result in significant adverse economic impacts as a result of exclusion zones around LNG tankers, and restrictions on commercial and recreational fishing and barge traffic associated with LNG tanker shipments.

 

Deter Other Economic Development & Threaten Property Value

LNG terminals deter economic development, decrease property values, cause the loss of tourism and recreation related jobs, and result in a generally reduced quality of life around the Estuary. Oregon LNG’s 86 mile long pipeline will degrade property values, including farms and forestlands, by preventing customary uses of land, causing erosion and environmental damage, harming drainage systems, and creating a safety risk.

 

Degrade River Recreation

Oregon LNG’s massive LNG export terminal and LNG tankers will adversely affect and degrade recreational opportunities in and around the Columbia River. One LNG tanker alone is longer than three football fields and towers twenty stories high. The massive tankers create an ever present risk of a catastrophic accident, and directly interfere with recreational kayaking, boating, and fishing as they pass through the scenic Columbia River Estuary.