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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
People listen during the Oregon LNG permit public hearing at the Warrenton Community Center Wednesday.
LNG: ‘What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?’
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‘Prime site’
Warrenton Planning Direc-
tor Skip Urling recommended
that Kearns approve Oregon
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operations — and to shore up,
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tanks and facilities.
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from local, state and federal
agencies, “has been scrutinized
probably more than any project
you’ve seen,” said Mike Con-
nors, the Portland attorney rep-
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decade ago to amend its com-
prehensive plan and rezone the
land to allow for the type of in-
dustrial development the com-
pany is proposing.
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prime site for a heavy, marine
industrial use, and the city has
made attempts to try to entice
or encourage development,” he
said, adding that “the question
any young people that can stay
here.”
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saw the jobs issue from a differ-
ent angle. “They say we don’t
care about jobs,” she said. “We
care about jobs — and if you
ruin the environment, you don’t
have any jobs for anybody.”
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have been outnumbered, but living environment. We want
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nent jobs.
Daniel Kearns, a Portland land use attorney, speaks during an Oregon LNG permit public
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hearing at the Warrenton Community Center Wednesday.
Dick Hellberg, a former War- 2004: “Why are we here after
renton city commissioner, so many years?”
“We’ve said ‘no,’ and we’ve
of whether this type of use is mendation to approve the eliminating wildlife habitats.
said. “Without jobs for people,
appropriate in this particular pipeline and terminal permits,
In addition, she reminded we’re going to continue to give said ‘no,’ and we’ve said ‘no,’”
location has already been deter- *ROGEHUJVDLGWKH/1*SURMHFW Kearns that earlier this week food to the food bank without /XFDVVDLG³,W¶VWKHROGVD\LQJ
mined.”
violates multiple provisions in a federal judge in Portland solving the problem,” he said. What part of ‘no’ don’t you un-
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Riverkeeper — a Hood Riv-
She quoted the U.S. Envi-
er-based environmental group ronmental Protection Agency
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— argued that the city’s deci- provide the kind of economic
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dustrial development “does not local governments anticipate;
predetermine that an industrial instead, the project will con-
development of this magnitude tribute to the further degra-
is appropriate.”
dation of the Columbia River
Despite Urling’s recom- estuary while changing or
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to a U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers easement on the pro-
posed site arose only after the
statute of limitations had run
out. The ruling underlined the
fact that part of the site is, at
the moment, unavailable to the
company.
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the building’s businesses the same
Fishermen’s Cooperative Pack-
ing Co., from the Port of Asto-
The Red Building includes ria for $120,000. They planned
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Building, an event space up-
At an Astoria Develop-
stairs. At the last meeting, ment Commission meeting in
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keep the businesses the same. to give Union Fish Proper-
In 2004, partners Ryan ties a $350,000 loan to help
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under Union Fish Properties, and a $325,000 grant to help
bought the Red Building , the write down previous loans.
last structure from the Union Then-Community Develop-
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ment Director Brett Estes said
at the time that the urban re-
newal district had been largely
created to establish a confer-
ence center.
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Development Commission
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February. In anticipation of a
possible sale, the commission
later agreed to transfer the
loan to Cary and Helligso, in-
stead of Union Fish, and fur-
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