College opt out, oil train bills, Coos LNG

Here’s an March 16 update on the attempt by Clatsop Community College to opt out of the Linn County state forest lawsuit.  The text from the Daily Astorian article is quoted below.

“Linn County Circuit Court has denied Clatsop Community College’s attempt to leave the $1.4 billion timber lawsuit against the state.

The college board voted 4-3 in January to opt out. But board member Esther Moberg’s vote, submitted via email, was later invalidated, resulting in a tie and the college’s inclusion in the lawsuit.

At the direction of the college board, college President Christopher Breitmeyer sent a letter to Linn County Circuit Court asking about a way out. “The board realizes that the deadline for class certification has passed and that removal from the class may not be possible, but still wishes for the court to be aware of this request and to take any actions that may be appropriate,” Breitmeyer’s letter said.

Linn County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy replied that the court would deny the withdrawal ‘absent the agreement of the parties or some evidence that you did not receive proper notice.'”

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Clatsop Community College directors have voted again to opt out of the Linn County suit. Here’s the story on the February 14 meeting from the Daily Astorian.

Click here for the February 15 story in the Daily Astorian.

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Dan Serres will be telling us Thursday night about bills introduced in the Oregon legislature addressing oil trains. Here’s the link if you want to weigh in with your opinion.

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50797/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20936

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All who participated in the long battle against LNG in Clatsop County can empathize with the folks in Coos Bay where the fight is still going on. Below is a letter to the newspaper in Grand Junction, Colorado from one of the Coos Bay activists and below that is a link to the newspaper article that prompted it.

Letter to the Editor:
I grew up in Colorado and I am one of the private landowners in Oregon who will be impacted by eminent domain for the Jordan Cove project described in Jim Spehar’s column. We worked our entire lives to own our property that was a logged over mess when we bought it fifteen years ago. We planted over 10,000 trees and spent everything we had to restore the natural habitat, create the sanctuary we call home and now share with a resident elk herd, deer, bears, bobcats and other abundant wildlife. We have no intention of sacrificing our entire life’s work so a laborer from Oklahoma can have a temporary job, or a Colorado company can ship fracked gas or a Canadian shareholder can pocket a fat dividend check. We will do whatever it takes to protect our property and stop this project.

Jordan Cove and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, will cause serious environmental damage in Oregon. The pipeline will cut a 100-foot wide swath of land 232 miles across Southern Oregon, affecting 400 bodies of water multiple times. It will cross through 150 miles of forest and 23 miles of pristine shrubs and grasslands. Almost 43 miles of the pipeline will traverse through late successional reserve – old growth trees – causing the harvest of more than 1,712 acres of ancient forestlands and impacting more than two million acres of watersheds, and seriously increase the threat to numerous endangered species.

The travesty of environmental impacts associated with the Jordan Cove LNG Project are so colossal that Southern Oregon will be left an environmental crime scene from which it will never recover. So, on behalf of my Oregon neighbors, I implore Coloradans to constrain any eagerness to participate in Jordan Cove’s greedy corporate oppression and environmental destruction because the rest of that story will have a very harmful and ugly ending.

Stacey McLaughlin

http://www.gjsentinel.com/opinion/articles/jordan-cove-the-rest-of-the-story

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Meanwhile, Coos Bay activists took their pipeline protest to Roseburg this week. You’ll recognize the same big promises from LNG promoters.

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/environment/jordan_cove/jordan-cove-lng-updates-chamber-amid-protest/article_c94b1f07-9ba6-5e79-b8fd-cbcefcb7a092.html

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