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How Many Gas Explosions Is Too Many?

Please send a letter below to Governor Kitzhaber asking him to oppose LNG export projects in Oregon due to widely demonstrated safety risks.

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Opal Wyoming explosionIn the last two months, three gas facilities or pipelines operated by Williams Partners L.P. have exploded, forcing the evacuation of two small towns and portions of a rural county. This same company wants to build a 235-mile pipeline called the Pacific Connector to take fracked gas from the Rockies and Canada through southern Oregon to Coos Bay to be loaded onto tankers bound for Asia.

Community concerns about the safety of this project – ranging from the significantly lower pipeline safety standards in rural areas to the location of massive tanks of explosive gas located on a sand spit in a tsunami zone – have fallen largely on deaf ears. In fact the Oregonian even editorialized that these fears were unfounded, days before a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Columbia River in Washington exploded forcing the town to evacuate.

“But recent history can be instructive. Williams has built and safely maintained an extensive underground gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest for decades” - The Oregonian Editorial Board 3/29/2014

We wholeheartedly agree that recent history can be very instructive. Just two days after these words appeared in print, a Williams pipeline exploded in Plymoth, Washington on 3/31. The blast injured workers and sent shrapnel into an LNG storage tank puncturing its wall and causing it to leak, leading to the evacuation of the town to the other side of the river in Oregon. Over the next month, two more Williams pipelines blew up; one in Marshall County, West Virginia and one in Opal, Wyoming both leading to evacuations of residents but thankfully no injuries.

Take Action: Click here to send a letter to Governor Kitzhaber, Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley urging them to stop LNG export projects in Oregon to protect Oregonians from the widely demonstrated safety and environmental risks that come with them.

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