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Time for alternatives to fossil fuel

As I get on Facebook and Youtube, doing my daily business online, I frequently encounter Jordan Cove’s ads, complete with guitar music and lovely pastoral scenes, with more and more empty promises of jobs, jobs, jobs!

It sickens me to encounter this BS. There will be no stable, permanent employment for Coos County’s residents if this monstrosity gets the green light. And once again, I’m here to air my objections.

Even if such jobs were guaranteed, it would not be worth the eminent domain, along with the environmental and financial ruin, that project’s accompanying pipeline would bring down on 600+ landowners between here and California, all of whom are unlucky enough to be situated along the proposed pipeline route.

Those ads are full of lies. I repeat: there will be virtually no stable, permanent jobs for Coos County residents if this project goes through! Just a few temporary construction jobs. It won’t even improve the economy here, because Jordan Cove would be getting an extended tax break lasting ten years or more. What’s in it for us are health risks and environmental risks we all would be better off avoiding. Geographically, this area isn’t stable enough to accommodate such an assault on our land and waterways. We get all the liability and all the risk while a Canadian fossil fuel company enjoys all the profit.

It pains me to have to bring this up yet again. We’ve hashed it all out, repeatedly, over the past fifteen years since Jordan Cove first came to town with this outrageous proposal. Their project has been rejected in both Washington and California already. Has it even occurred to Jordan Cove’s local cheerleaders that our neighboring states might have had good reason to turn it down?

Beyond all that, it is high time we begin adopting alternatives to fossil fuel. Considering the environmental damage caused by the fossil fuel industry worldwide, the endless wars fought over oil, and the danger it poses to our survival as a species, the price we pay at the pump could well be the least of it. After fifteen years of Jordan Cove’s empty promises, hasn’t this gone on long enough?

Dorothy Reeves

Coos Bay

Abandoned property ordinance doesn’t go far enough

“Commissioners pass ordinance on abandoned properties“ is a deceptive heading to the article published in The World newspaper on Monday, Dec. 3. This ordinance only applies to foreclosed properties in Coos County.

The ordinance is unrealistic (“lenders will inspect defaulted properties and register the property with the Coos Country Planning Department no later than 14 days from inspection!) and does not include ALL abandoned properties in rural areas which are mostly passed down through generations and not wanted or lived in. These properties are vacant — an invitation to potential code violations and crime and health issues.

I see it first hand. Nathanial Johnson, County Counsel, discussed the country’s safety concerns citing “possible health risks of built up solid waste and potential crime and drug use.

“Doesn’t this concern extend to ALL abandoned properties? My husband and I have spoken of this concern with Commissioner Melissa Cribbins several times to no avail. There are many abandoned properties that are legally owned and neglected that should be included in the ordinance 18-11-011L. You must have found money in the budget to hire many more Ordinance Officers than just Jason. If so, please send one of them out to Riverton!

Claudia Turner

Coquille

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