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LNG opponents urge Gov. Brown to take a leadership role on controversial gas export terminals

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian

Opponents of liquefied natural gas export terminals in Coos Bay and Warrenton swarmed the state capitol Tuesday May 26 to urge Gov. Kate Brown and other leaders to take decisive action on the terminals.

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In the decade-long fight over proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon, the state leader who has said the least may now matter most: Gov. Kate Brown.

The state's stand on such projects could be a make-or-break proposition for the developers of Oregon LNG in Warrenton and Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay. Brown is the third governor to deal with the LNG question in Oregon, and decisions made on her watch could have far-reaching environmental and economic consequences for the state.

In contrast to Gov. John Kitzhaber's behind-the-scenes support of LNG, and Gov. Ted Kulongoski's full-throated criticism of federal regulators he thought were rubber-stamping the terminals, Brown's stance is still unclear.

With that in mind, hundreds of LNG opponents swarmed the Capitol steps Tuesday, urging Brown and the state agencies she controls to act against the projects.

They came from around the state, a mixture of coastal and inland, southern and Northwestern. They waved signs, brought out a pipeline made of garbage bags, and dressed in costumes demonizing fossil fuel executives.

They were joined by notable speakers such as environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., State Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury.

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