After reading the article concerning a court review of the Coast Guard’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) approval, I continue to marvel that the city of Warrenton, and all the boating interests along the Skipanon River, have not raised a louder protest (“Court to review LNG tankers,” The Daily Astorian, April 9).

While LNG tankers are at berth, the Coast Guard will require a 200-yard security zone around the tanker. I believe the mouth of the Skipanon is less than 200 yards, which means the river would effectively be shut down while they are at berth. Oregon LNG estimated at least 100 ships per year, taking 12-14 hours each to load their cargo. This doesn’t count the time that tugs are maneuvering them to the terminal.

In my view, this effectively shuts down the marina, shuts off fishing interests, and shuts out all marine interests along the Skipanon.

But at least there will be some jobs created during the construction. Quite a trade-off.


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