Some interesting comments raise red flags and prompt further investigation.

"We chose Astoria, or Warrenton, because there is an area that's well suited for it," (Peter Hansen) he said. "It is not close to large population centers, and it is close to a shipping channel that has the necessary depth to accommodate these tankers." ("Energy firm eyes Warrenton site," The Daily Astorian, Nov. 4)

What is the blast radius of a worst-case scenario that makes them consider a less populated area? What would a spill or leak do to the environment? How would a facility like this affect property values in the surrounding area? And how many corners do you think will get cut by a company with $18-plus billion in debt?

At first, it might sound like a good thing, maybe it is, but dig a bit deeper before


Jaeson Koszarsky

State College, Pa.


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