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House panel hears Cob foes
Published May 16, 2004
The state House Interim Committee on Land Review met
in Klamath Falls on Friday afternoon and heard local
citizens' opinions on land use issues, especially
the proposed Cob Energy Facility.
"Your comments are valuable," Garrard said Friday.
"Your comments are the reason we're here."
Rep. Vicki Berger of Salem asked Stewart-Smith if he
knew how much land would have to be used to site the
"Probably some of the folks in the back of the room
could answer that question better than myself," he
said, as power plant opponents whispered and shook
their heads at his statement.
Stewart-Smith said the decision about the facility
will be made by the seven-member, governor-appointed
Energy Facility Siting Council, probably in
"With all due respect to Director Smith, this
process is flawed," said West. "It's terribly
also criticized the siting council. Information on
the group is supposed to be posted on the Department
of Energy's Web site, but West said he could find
very little about the group. A similar Herald and
News effort eight months ago to find information on
the group came up with very little information, and
a Department of Energy spokeswoman would not give
out contact information for any of the council's
Other opponents testified as well, including Gail
Whitsett, who said the Department of Energy was not
following state land use planning because it had
included incorrect information on seismic activity.
She said there was a 10-mile long seismic fault near
the power plant's suggested location, and added
evidence pointed to far more recent - and nearby -
seismic activity, than information included by the
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