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Most residents speak against gas pipeline

By Vickie Aldous
Mail Tribune

The majority of people at a public hearing on a proposed gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but workers said it would bring jobs

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The overwhelming majority of residents at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but plumbers, electricians and construction workers said the project would bring needed jobs.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held the hearing Thursday evening at Central Medford High School.

More than 100 people protested against the proposed pipeline and a proposed natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay before the start of the meeting. The crowd overflowed a room meant for 300, with people sitting on the floor, standing at the back and sides and listening from a hallway at the school.

The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project would transport gas 230 miles through a 3-foot-diameter pipe, crossing through Southern Oregon to Coos Bay on the coast. The gas would be turned into a liquid form and exported to Pacific Rim countries.

 

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