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January 26, 1998

Opinion

A united stand is needed against pipeline

  As a local citizen I have looked into both sides of the proposed pipeline project that would run through the heart of our city and very close to my home. Olympic Pipeline Company (ARCO, Texaco and GATX) is not happy that their proposal to reap even more profits by running a pipeline from Puget Sound to the Tri-Cities is running behind schedule. We know that pipelines leak, and just a tiny leak in the proposed gas, jet fuel and diesel pipeline could contaminate the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers as well as the North Bend and Cross-Valley Sole Source aquifer. I believe all the Snoqualmie Valley mayors have registered their apprehension, and I appreciate the careful investigation that is going on.
  
   After attending the March 1996 meeting where the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) took testimony from one and all, I was impressed with the list of possible impacts that were presented by King County officials as well as just plain folks. Reading all the information I could get pro and con, I decided to contact the Cascade Columbia Alliance. A lot of my friends and neighbors joined too, and many of us became active in the petition drive that successfully identified hundreds and hundreds of other people in the Snoqualmie Valley who felt as we did--that the pipeline would bring unacceptable risks, but no benefit to the Valley.
  
   I just read in the newspaper a few weeks ago that Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) put out $42,000 to send the Speaker of the House of Representatives and seven others on a five-day trip to London for a private speech to oil company executives. ARCO seeks to develop oil resources in the environmentally sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The overwhelming use of power by ARCO, Texaco and GATX must be highlighted and countered by an informed public. The Cascade Columbia Alliance can be reached at (206) 621-8868. Join now and get on their mailing list. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall.
   Vicki Woods,
   North Bend