Letter to the Editor – Threats to the environment never seem to cease. Long term damage for short term money.
The world has changed and as most of us know we need to be better stewards of our Earth in order to preserve its beauty and precious gifts for future generations. As citizen we have been complacent and negligent in the past of our duties to participate in making sure further violations of our rights to a healthy world are stopped. Presently the fossil fuel industry is waging a war against us by continuing to poison our atmosphere for their personal gain. Fracking is by far the worst form of extraction sending millions of tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. This process precipitates many serious symptoms of ill health to our Earth, none so noteworthy as climate disruption with its droughts, floods, wildfires, increases in gigantic storms, ocean acidification, global warming and atmospheric degradation causing a pandemic of asthma and other respiratory problems.
A Canadian Company by the name of Pembina has been, for over a decade, trying to build a pipeline which would carry fracked gas to a west coast terminal but has been denied permission to do so everywhere from California, Washington and even Canada. Recently they identified Coos Bay as a possible site for this terminal. Since unemployment is high in Coos Bay some have welcomed its construction regardless of the threats it poses to the environment. However, there are other healthy alternatives for their employment, like investments in renewable wind energy or sustainable forestry.
We must stop, as others have, the building of this egregious fossil fuel infrastructure. We have an opportunity as caring and responsible Oregon citizens to do so. The Army Corps of Engineers and the DEQ have opened a public comment period which ends by the first of August. In order to facilitate this process for you, and to clarify the facts, there will be, on July 1st in the South Beach Community Center at 3 PM, a short informative play followed by a letter writing workshop to help you have your voice heard.
If you are interested in saving some of the last stands of old growth timber in Southern Oregon, as well as wild salmon runs, clamming, fishing and oyster farming in Coos Bay from the largest dredging operation in Oregon history, it is important to speak out. This pipeline will also necessitate the largest clear cut ever (some 230 miles long) cutting through over 400 water ways where pipeline spills are assured, explosions very probable and a greater potential for fires all along the way. Please come and have your say, or email directly to the DEQ at NWPfirstname.lastname@example.org and to the Army Corps at JCEP401publiccomment@deq.state.or.us