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Portland, OR (DECEMBER 2019) - Jack Kerfoot, a candidate for Commissioner 4 in 2020, has gone on record opposing the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project. He is also challenging the City of Portland to show leadership and also oppose this project. Jack says, "It is time Portland City Council took action to address climate action."
Jack Kerfoot 2020 - Commissioner Candidate Challenges City of Portland
to Oppose the Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project
by Jack Kerfoot
Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a Canadian oil and gas infrastructure company that is aggressively seeking approval to build a new natural gas liquification and export facility, pipeline, and power plant in Coos Bay, Oregon. The pipeline would be 234 miles, connecting the Williams Pipeline in Malin, Oregon to the proposed facility at Jordan Cove in Coos Bay.
The proposed natural gas power plant would be used to generate power to super cool natural gas to a liquid form, to be shipped in specialized massive tankers from the port at Coos Bay to destinations around the world.
The problem is, the tax revenue only occurs if the facility turns a profit-and liquid natural gas prices are down 50 percent from last year, and still falling, as the world has already built more LNG export capacity than there is demand, creating a glut of natural gas and meaning new natural gas export facilities, like Jordan Cove will have no markets to sell LNG.
Worse, those numbers only make sense if you ignore the risk of a catastrophic accident at the facility, particularly in the event an earthquake were to cause an LNG leak and explosion. "Where the economic numbers can be painted to appear as a shiny object, the risk reality is frightening", says, Jack. "We're being told that LNG explosions are rare, but the results can be catastrophic. According to the U. S. Energy Information Agency, an explosion has an incineration zone diameter of 7,417 feet. Nothing will survive within this incineration zone of over one and a quarter mile."
Jack's position is that Portland should be advocating for renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind, on the coast at Coos Bay-not for outdated fossil fuel projects. "We know we need to build energy projects for the 21st century, and I'm all for getting investments made in Oregon where they create jobs for Oregonians and bring tax revenue to our cities, but we need to think about our legacy, and make investments that really make sense."
Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy expert, and author of "Fueling America. An Insider's Journey." Jack is running for Portland city council to ensure we have a legacy Portlanders can be proud. Jack asks anyone concerned about the best way for Oregon to invest in energy in the future to view the facts on LNG and renewable energy at https://www.jackkerfoot2020.com.
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