The Oregonian has a major Page 1 piece in the Sunday paper examining the future of PGE’s coal-fired power plant at Boardman in the eastern part of the state. “PGE confronts dirty dilemma at Boardman” proclaims the paper.
Much of interest in this report. Such as:
All of which leaves PGE, its 814,000 ratepayers and the public a stark choice between economics and the environment: Should they spend hundreds of millions of dollars — perhaps more than a billion eventually — to keep the old workhorse going, albeit with a smaller stream of the pollutants that belch from its 656-foot stack today? Or would it be better to shut the plant now, eliminating the largest stationary source of air pollution in the state, but leaving its largest utility more dependent on natural gas and its customers exposed to higher, more volatile rates?
So let’s just switch to natural gas. Perhaps more expensive, but that substitution is a done deal…
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden strongly objected Thursday to the plan for a natural gas pipeline through the Mt Hood National Forest.
In a letter to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, the Portland Democrat labeled the proposed Palomar company pipeline’s route as a “freeway-wide clear-cut.”
Opponents of liquefied natural gas terminals along the Oregon Coast, and the pipelines that would connect them to regional gas networks, hailed a resolution by the Oregon State Land Board last week supporting Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s demand that federal officials evaluate whether the projects are needed.
The land board consists of Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards.
Liquefied natural gas opponents got a boost Monday when Oregon’s Attorney General-elect John Kroger announced his appointment of Columbia Riverkeeper Executive Director Brent Foster to his executive team at the Oregon Department of Justice.
So let’s just switch to natural gas, which, well, we won’t make or allow, either, but …uh…
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