Report: Stalled energy projects cost Oregon 21,000 jobs
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
A report released Thursday indicates that Oregon has missed out on 21,000 jobs due to stymied energy projects.
Research by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicates that nine stalled or canceled energy projects in Oregon have cost the state $6.8 billion and 21,200 jobs.
Blaming activists, broken permitting processes and a system that allows multiple lawsuits to slow — or stop — progress on the ground, the report speaks out against NIMBY-ism. However, some of the projects included in its Oregon tally were scrapped for reasons other than lawsuits or unfriendly communities.
The nine projects identified by the study include, not surprisingly, four liquefied natural gas — or LNG — projects. But the list also includes two wave energy projects, two wind energy projects and one solar energy project. Not all of the identified projects are dead, some are merely delayed in the approval process.
The stymied energy projects the report identifies are:
• West Ridge and East Ridge Wind Projects in Harney County: Status of the project which involves 200 wind turbines, is listed in progress with opposition from the Oregon National Desert Association, the Audobon Society of Portland and the Nature Conservancy.
• First Wind Cascade Wind Farm: Status of the project, which would have involved 40 turbines in Wasco County, is dead because of difficulties with the siting process and opposition from local residents. According to a story in the Portland Business Journal, Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council said that the project had too many problems to be approved.
• Oregon Ocean Wave Energy Project in Florence: A permit filed in 2007 by Oceanlinx to install offshore wave energy devices was withdrawn the following year. There was some opposition from the Oregon Surfrider Foundation. Oceanlinx, which has offices in Australia and London, lists Hawaii and Mexico on its website as its current areas of interest in North America.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.219.3438
If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below.