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No public process in community enhancement scheme

No public process in community enhancement scheme

This week I spoke with someone who believes the public should be better informed about the NEPA process governing the FERC and its evaluation of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal application. To that end he submitted a course proposal to the local community college and was turned down apparently because the college, a public institution, was afraid of offending Jordan Cove. Then we learn from an Op-ed by Brooke Walton what a skewed view, at least the BS Oregon steering committee have of what constitutes public participation. According to Walton the community enhancement plan, a plan to privatize millions of taxpayer dollars by renaming them “fees” has been ten years in the making and “An opportunity for public input has been part of the CSF plan from the beginning.” Yes, the public is finally being invited to the table, sort of.

0722_public_process_sellwood_task_force_meetingBS Oregon plans to hold a series of town hall meetings to “learn” about the plan but these are by no means public hearings officiated by elected officials where public testimony is placed into the public record. There is nothing public about this process to offer a Canadian company a fifteen year property tax exemption so that a handful of self-appointed individuals can “play with the money.” When you add in the fact that FERC has not yet even given a date when it will publish a draft EIS then this whole effort to fast track this scheme begins to look very premature.

The county assessor and cartographer are gone until next week but I am working on a breakdown of the actual cost to the public both of servicing a project like Jordan Cove and of extending this long term property tax exemption. Depending upon how the Dept of Revenue assesses the facility, (Walton is now claiming $7 billion), at a tax rate of 10.064 Jordan Cove should be paying as much as $70 million annually. The proposed service fees will not only provide Jordan Cove with a significant savings at taxpayer expense but also provide an additional income tax write off and these public subsidies will go to foreign shareholders in the form of dividends, very little will be reinvested in Oregon.

Contact your elected officials and demand real public hearings.

Bob Main

(541) 396-7540

email Bob Main

John Sweet

(541) 396-7541

email John Sweet

Melissa Cribbins

(541) 396-7539

email Melissa Cribbins

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When my oldest son, a Marine, left for war and crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq in March 2003 I started writing my conscience. After two tours that young combat veteran’s mother is now an ardent peace activist and advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. MGx has matured since those early vents and ramblings and now covers relevant and important local and regional matters in addition to national and global affairs.


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3 Responses to "No public process in community enhancement scheme"

  1. The Reminder  January 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    From what I hear, there are two teachers(married couple) on campus who are promoting Jordan cove in their classes. That must be OK with the administrator at swocc, but to have any information against Jordan cove is off limits.


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