Editorial: LNG Will Benefit Bay Area

Think it through, plan and collaborate.

Communication is collaboration- you have to be willing to talk, exchange ideas and listen to one another. It’s the reason why a lot of organizations either succeed or don’t do as well as hoped (a prime example is the American school system). However, sometimes setting up those methods of communication can be a bit tricky and sometimes difficult.

The proposed LNG plant provided by the Jordan Cove Energy Project.
Economic utopia is looming on the horizon of the north spit of Coos Bay. An estimated 750 permanent and 2100 temporary jobs will be generated directly from the Jordan Cove Project. Private sector investment and confidence will be increased. In nearly every aspect, the addition of an LNG export terminal looks to be beneficial to the community. However, opposition has risen to the topic, as environmentalist concerns have come about regarding the release of methane. Yet, the release of a naturally occurring gas into the atmosphere should not prohibit a community from living more prosperous lives.

In an area in desperate need of stimulation to its economy, an enormous industry would bring a great boost to both the drive and the affluence of the community. Although the industry itself will be beneficial, the true reward would be the development which follows. With a sudden positive shift in the unemployment rate and income in the community, more individuals and businesses would migrate to the area, further boosting local confidence. In turn, private sector investment will increase, leaving the entire community in a better state.

Concerns brought up are surrounding the environmental aspect of the project. Along with the admission of methane, the group “Citizens against LNG” claims the project has structural flaws and is going to be built in a poor location. However, the Jordan Cove project has met every structural standard presented to them thus far. The placement on the North Spit of Coos Bay will also avoid problems with the population center, which is on the other side of the bay. The concerns brought up have been almost irrelevant as the benefits far outweigh the faults.

Through the process, a positive sentiment will be brought to the citizens of the community.  The value of affluence in the area will affect far more than just everyone’s bank account- as a worn down region is in sufficient need of an increase in morale. Positive change often rallies the masses, and the residents will be pleased with what will come.

The addition of LNG will provide a very wide spectrum of success to the bay area. So as to carry out the process, residents of the community and legislatures must support the Jordan Cove project. The project, in turn, will provide an improved living atmosphere for the community. If it is moved forward, Coos Bay could be returned to its former glory.