With the variety of opinions regarding liquefied natural gas coming to our area, I would like to tell a personal story.

My parents owned and operated a Grade A dairy farm in Washington state. They sold milk to Mayflower, raised grass hay for the cattle and fed themselves and five children home-grown fruits, vegetables and beef.

In the late 1950s, the Texas pipeline approached my parents and other property owners nearby, wishing to run pipe through our land(s). I was 7 or 8 at the time, however, I remember my parents being excited. Pipe was brought in, and the neighbor kids played with us running through them, having a terrific time.

We all had healthy childhoods, even with the gas line buried in our pastureland. Over the years, when mandatory checking was to be done, it was quite impressive to have a helicopter land in our field.

When my dad retired, the farm was sold to a retired doctor. His love of flying airplanes prompted him to build a hangar to house two or three. He continues to use these fields as his landing strip. I would have to say, over 50 years of pipe, safely in the ground, is a pretty good testimony.

EVELYN LAUGHMAN

Astoria

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