Last summer I took a boat ride from my friends' backyard dock on Puget Island, Wash. We set off down the slough, waving and talking to neighbors along the way.
As the slough opened onto the river my friends pointed to the proposed Bradwood Landing site, a site so typical of Oregon's lush green forested land. The sandy beaches and houses of Puget Island on one side, and with a trick of imagination I saw the landscape transformed, and giant boxes the size of football fields emerged on the other.
As our little fishing boat moved into the channel we saw the beauty of the river and Tenasillahe Island, Wash. This is where the tankers will turn and dock, my friend said. And there it was, an enormous tanker eating into the river bottom below us and blocking out the sky above.
My friends fish the river all summer and they told us that during fishing season boats fill the water where these tankers will be. To them it makes perfect sense that this cannot happen.
The destruction caused by Bradwood liquefied natural gas facilities does not end at the site. Trenches wide and deep filled with explosive gases will pass through back yards and public lands from one end of the county to the other.
To add insult to injury, we now learn that due to a change in land use, all lands zoned parks and recreation in Clatsop County will now be open to 36-inch pipelines to carry that natural gas from the LNG terminals.
The right way to meeting our energy needs is going to be without destruction to our environment or our friends' back yard. Please vote "no" on the pipelines in parks referendum.