The Port of Astoria has now moved to pass Tongue Point from the public sector into private hands. This move has been applauded by The Daily Astorian and some in the public (“Tongue Point vote ends quest for bulk and container cargo,” Nov. 27). I say be careful what you wish for.
Now away from public purview, I can see a very readily available partnership between new owners and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. Plenty of money — coupled with Trumpkin regulators, and far more advanced infrastructure than Jordan Cove — makes this spot ideal. Oh, the public can stomp its feet, but in this political climate, we’ve all seen money trumps all.
One of my biggest complaints about the process is the Port of Astoria Commission has moved its public meetings to 4 p.m. to accommodate one commissioner. All this does is exclude the public, and stifle public input, as 4 p.m. is a time most people cannot attend. If a commissioner cannot be available at normal public meeting times, they should resign. This is a public body.