Monday, October 13, 2008

Seattle AfD joins protests of LNG terminal siting

On Monday, October 6, Seattle Alliance for Democracy members joined 100 protesters and a coalition of local groups on the Capitol steps in Olympia to rally against liquefied natural gas in Washington state. The proposed terminal and pipeline on the Columbia river has raised environmental and safety concerns, as well as issues of eminent domain land taking. It also raises broader issues on energy policy and the need for renewables rather than continued dependence on fossil fuels and foreign supplies.

Meanwhile, state officials have threatened to sue the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over FERC's decision to approve construction of the LNG terminal. According to state officials, FERC jumped the gun on permitting the so-called Bradwood Landing terminal last month. Environmental and safety risks were not considered and the state hasn't issued a necessary clean-water permit.

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