I am an Astoria homeowner and plan to retire there. I have concerns with a liquefied natural gas plant so close to a populated area.
Doesn't the Astoria Port Commission have an obligation to local residents to notify us about proposed contracts, such as the lease to Calpine, before they unilaterally agree? Talking to 12 people about such a high-impact project is not only ridiculous, but also laughable. It smacks of disregard for the residents of Warrenton and Astoria. It's clear that Calpine has learned its lesson in Eureka, Calif., and has found willing participants in the Astoria city government, Warrenton city government and Astoria Port Commission who have total disregard for public input.
I think that someone should come up with a map showing the area that would be affected if a terrorist managed to blow up the plant or if the plant blew up because of some failure. We need to see how extensive and devastating it would be. Fifty to 75 jobs for the port is an economic boost if the people actually come from Astoria or Warrenton, but does not offset the numerous negative impacts the plant will have. It is a risk to our shipping lanes, import-export economy, fishing, recreation and health.
Having meetings that do not allow for public input clearly shows that the entities involved have no interest in our concerns. It appears corporate and political interests are all that's being served in this endeavor.