Steve Scheer’s letter explains the Pembina project as having two parts, physical and financial. He goes on to say the financial part also has two parts, Coos County and the other four counties affected by the pipeline. They do not benefit financially from an annual Community Service Fee in lieu of property taxes. He gives the impression that Douglas, Jackson and Klamath county residents are opposed because they will not gain financially. This is simply not true. Not everyone is driven solely by financial gain.
I have heard testimony from several residents of the other counties (Douglas, Jackson and Klamath) and the financial part is NOT why they oppose the Pembina project. Many of them are opposed to the pipeline plowing through 500 of Oregon’s beautiful watersheds and laying waste to our forests for the profit of a foreign corporation. It is viewed for what it is, a travesty of greed at the expense of our clean air, clean water, pristine watersheds, and our ability to be safe from the misrepresentation and lies of an industry that has only one motive. That is massive profit for itself and shareholders.
Further, I would like to know where Mr. Scheer gets his data. Stating that “Coos County residents seem to favor the project by an approximate 60/40 margin” is dubious at best. Neither my husband nor I have been polled, nor has there been an election to vote on the Pembina LNG project. When writing these letters, even though it is called “opinion”, it would be nice to see where this data came from. Could it be from Pembina? That seems more than probable to this lifetime Coos Bay native.