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After a 12-year fight to keep a $6 billion liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline project out of Washington and Clatsop counties, local activists are holding a Victory Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Montinore Estate, 3663 S.W. Dilley Road, south of Forest Grove.


Oregon LNG had initially proposed installing a pipeline that would have stretched from a terminal in Warrenton on the Columbia River near Astoria down to Mollalla, passing through parts of western Washington County such as Timber, Gales Creek and Forest Grove — including Montinore. Based partly on pipeline problems with other projects, many local residents believed OLNG’s pipeline construction would threaten their homes or the environment.

That pipeline project collapsed in 2012, leading Oregon LNG to propose a different pipeline route that bypassed Washington County. But by that time, “Oregon LNG created such ill will, people who did not have a personal economic issue have very visceral personal feelings about this company,” said Susan Vosburg, a homeowner who would have been affected by the original proposal.

So the Washington County group continued supporting their Clatsop County friends who were fighting the reworked project.

Then on April 15, 2016, Oregon LNG released a terse statement: “The Oregon LNG Project today announced it is ceasing operations immediately. The owner of the project, Leucadia National Corporation (NSYE:LUK), has made the decision to cease funding the project. Oregon LNG thanks all those in the project area who supported its 12-year effort to bring good jobs and tax revenues to Warrenton and Clatsop County by building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and associated pipeline. Oregon LNG will have no further comment.”

Friday’s Victory Party will double as a fundraiser for Columbia Riverkeeper, a nonprofit which helped lead the fight against Oregon LNG. In addition to a suggested donation of $10 to $15 for Columbia Riverkeeper, the event will feature stories from the OLNG trenches, wine tasting, music and a potluck dinner (bring your own potluck offering, plus your own tableware and utensils, as well as a folding chair or blanket to sit on).

As a bonus, Montinore will donate 25 percent of wine sales and wine tasting proceeds to Columbia Riverkeeper.

“Come celebrate this extraordinary example of successful, savvy, committed, sustained, grassroots activism to protect our land, our waters, our homes and our communities,” the Victory Party flyer reads.

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