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"Might", "maybe", "probably", "perhaps", "could happen", says Mr. Kirby, but nary a fact preferred. Here are some FACTS:

1. In the 20 years, 1994 to 2003, there were 11 incidents involving natural gas transmission lines in the U.S. that occurred in which there were 41 fatalities.

2. There are more than 300,000 miles of gas transmission lines in the USA. That is .0000068 fatalities per mile, per year.

3. Oregon has 18,000 miles of transmission line and no reported deaths.

4. Oregon averages less than four commercial fishing deaths per year.

5. Logging, forestry and construction log an average of six deaths per year in Oregon.

6. And of course, auto deaths run between 300,000 and 400,000 per year in this state.

So, tell us, Fred, where are the bases for your assertions that all these bad things will/could/maybe/might happen?

On the plus side, the infrastructure investment will more than double the taxable asset base from which property taxes (or fees in lieu) are derived, representing a boon to our local schools and communities.

Once the construction phase is over, there will remain 150-plus well paid jobs and at least twice that number in indirect jobs. Initially, many will have to be imported since we lack the necessary skill sets but locals can and will be trained over time and those who are imported will, in due course, become "locals". That's an incredible boost in the wage dollars flowing through our community, benefiting virtually all local businesses.

Mr. Kirby quotes Gordon Shearer's "Roman Candle" comment but not the context in which it was made but he neglects to say that Gordon (BTW an ex-colleague of mine) was president of Cabot LNG which operated the LNG terminal on the Charles River, across from Boston and a mere chip shot from both Harvard and M.I.T. universities and just a bit further from Logan Field, Boston's principal commercial airport. None experienced a scintilla of disruption and there were certainly no children incinerated and no Roman Candle explosions in the many decades of the terminal's existence.

If you don't like the idea of having an LNG terminal, just say so, whatever your reasoning, but don't muddy the waters with a lot of speculative diatribe trying to create "facts" to support your position. Is that too much to ask of intelligent people?

Jon Barton

Coos Bay