Dear Mr. Editor:
Apparently Pembina / Jordan Cove Energy is reporting that the proposed LNG factory will employ 6,000 (different) temporary workers (not all concurrently) and 200 permanent workers – “many” expected to be Coos County job seekers. That’s enormous growth from JCEP 2005 numbers of less than 1,000 and 50. Apparently JCEP currently estimates a total of $10 billion (current year) US dollars will be spent to construct the LNG factory and pipeline; that number has grown from less than $2 billion. The US BLS reports that about 35% of the growth is inflation related. We Oregonians who are neutral or supporting the LNG project deserve to know the verifiable facts. Perhaps you will task your investigative journalist to provide answers to the following questions in a soon to be published paper. Certainly, after 14 years of effort, answers in excruciating detail are immediately available for the public.
01 Why should we believe JCEP numbers? How did JCEP scientifically arrive at its numbers?
02 Please publish the JCEP graph that shows planned labor build up and decline. When is the peak?
03 Oregonians have relied on 14 years of JCEP promises. Which elected Oregon official holds the JCEP written legally enforceable document covering its contractual obligation to employ (first) all local temporary workers seeking employment? What written legally enforceable promises have been made to local labor unions to employ their members? Who will determine a “qualified” job seeker? What are the significant penalties if JCEP does not honor its contractual obligations in this matter?
04 There are probably no experienced LNG factory workers in Coos County who are seeking employment. Describe the 200 full time positions. How many positions are expected to be LNG experienced scientists and technicians from elsewhere? What has JCEP done to train locals for “skilled” permanent jobs?
05 Apparently there will be many months of 24/7 noise from placing thousands of piles followed by years of factory construction. How will JCEP mitigate years of noise?
06 What prevents Canadian company Pembina from selling the LNG effort to a Chinese, Russian, or other foreign company when FERC approves its application?
07 When did the people of Coos County approve the fees in lieu of taxes concept that is being reported by JCEP as being in place?
08 Some day the LNG factory will be abandoned. What safeguards protect local taxpayers from paying many tens of millions to demolish?
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