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Reliable sources tell me that Williams Pipeline Company is planning to apply for permits to extend a natural gas spur pipeline from their main pipeline at Sumas over to Cherry Point. This feeds the rumor of a plan to build a massive liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal there for shipping liquid gas to other countries. As the threat of a coal terminal diminishes, the threat of a new 4th pier at Cherry Point for LNG super ships begins to become real. The threat to the fishery along our county coast continues.
This morning, OregonLNG confirmed rumors of the past few days. They have announced they are “... ceasing operations immediately.” For 10 years they have sought permits to build a huge LNG shipping terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria. Clatsop County residents have fought the company and have apparently succeeded in defeating the huge facility.
The natural gas pipeline that would have supplied the massive Oregon facility actually runs from Canada through Whatcom County and down to the Portland, Oregon area. The company was planning to build a spur pipeline to the Astoria area at the mouth of the Columbia River. For the past few days it has been rumored the project was being abandoned. The announcement went up on their their website at 10:26 this morning.
If readers have further information about Williams' plans for Whatcom County, please post as a comment or let me know. I can keep a source confidential. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org