We of South Clatsop County want the people of Astoria, Warrenton, Clatskanie and other Columbia River cities to know that we support their efforts to prevent any of the four proposed liquefied natural gas terminals from being built on the river. The Columbia River is a national treasure - and it is the responsibility of all of us to protect our relatively unscathed lower part of the river.
One thing we can all do is to vote for change on the Port of Astoria Commission in the May election. We need people on the Port Commission who won't carelessly sign leases for heavy industry - especially dangerous heavy industry - with no public input on that industry's pros and cons. Peter Huhtala, Rose Priven and Tom Brownson know the river and respect the already-established industries she sustains (i.e., fishing, tourism, shipping, etc.) - all of which would be drastically diminished by the LNG terminals and the twice-weekly LNG deliveries necessary for their operation.
Yes, the port is responsible for helping the economy of the area. But if that means industry, it should be light industry, which doesn't destroy the environment and already-thriving business interests.