I am writing this in support of the appeal to the code interpretation regarding the I-2 zoning for the Calpine LNG location on the Skipanon River in Warrenton.
I agree that an LNG facility was not a thought-of use when the zoning code was written. As Andrew Jordan stated, "If the writers of the code meant for a permitted use to include fuel or storage or processing, they would have spelled it out." And that "none of those terms are in 'marine cargo transfer facility.'" I agree with Dave Shannon that there should be a 'conditional use' put on LNG to protect our community, but I do not support any LNG plant in our community.
I understand that Calpine's attorney, Mark Whitlow, claimed that regasification is an "accessory use" for the project, but it seems that it would be another "primary use" along with storage. Since most of the land for the proposed facility is for processing uses and regasification, wouldn't that be "primary"? Without turning the LNG back into a gas to flow through the pipe, why would it even be stored?
The fact that Calpine's vice president for development, Peter Hansen, said that "the facility may have to make some changes to the natural gas that comes into the terminal to bring it to the U.S. natural gas standards" concerns me. What changes? Do they even know what the standards are?
This is Calpine's first LNG plant and I don't think that our beautiful town should be their guinea pig to experiment with. They may have a great plan on paper of what they are doing, but the fact is, they've never done this before and if they are considering Warrenton and its citizens "expendable" so they may learn how to do LNG and turn a large profit, the that's not a business for Warrenton. Greed is not what Warrenton is about. And who is to say that out of those 70 or so jobs that Calpine is promising with this project that any of them will be given to Warrenton citizens?
Please do not allow Calpine, or any other company, to bring LNG to our community and ruin the beauty, serenity, safety and uncontaminated healthy living that we embrace now. We can still have development and good-paying jobs without bringing in such a hazardous business.