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Senator eyes subpoena of AG on LNG fallout

May 21, 2010

Senator Ferrioli Wants Answers About Halted LNG Project
By Oregon Tax News,

State Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli wants to know if Brent Foster, a Department of Justice attorney who resigned in April, actively worked to derail the proposed Bradwood Landing Liquefied Natural Gas Project near Astoria. The project’s developers recently suspended their efforts after endless delays in the permitting process.

Ferrioli is urging Attorney General John Kroger’s office to practice “full disclosure” by releasing email correspondence between Foster and co-plaintiffs, who opposed federal regulators’ approval of the Bradwood LNG project. Yet, the Oregon Department of Justice is refusing to release much of this correspondence because the co-plaintiffs will not waive their attorney-client privilege.

Ferrioli believes the public deserves to know what role Foster may have played in biasing the permitting process. He is calling on his Senate colleagues to pressure the DOJ to release all requested documents. In a letter to Senate majority leader Richard Devlin, Ferrioli wrote: “I am confident you agree that Oregonians and those we hope to attract to do business in our fair state have the expectation of unbiased and equitable treatment of their permit applications, free of the political machinations of bureaucrats and the pettiness of elected officials.” In the letter dated Wednesday, May 19th, Ferrioli also suggested a subpoena would be in order if Kroger ‘s office did not comply with releasing all requested communications.
Foster, a member of Kroger’s staff, resigned in April after he misrepresented his involvement in a criminal environmental case involving Hood River Juice. Foster, a known environmental activist and former executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, was hired by Attorney General Kroger to help follow through on Kroger’s campaign promise to toughen up on polluters.

  
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applesandlavender May 21, 2010

This is nothing more than a political stunt on the part of Ted Ferrioli. He knows full well that the state agencies involved have nothing to do with DOJ. The truth is that bankruptcy documents are now revealing much about Bradwood’s demise. NW Natural has been a shadow management that was running Bradwood for the past year. They paid their CEOs and they paid their promotor Energy Action Northwest ($76K) before they filed for bankruptcy and left owing numerous creditors to the tune of $129M. The documents appear to reveal that NW Natural knew full well that Bradwood was going under.

Bradwood could not overcome the technical difficulties to meet Oregon’s standards for salmon conservation. They chose the most fragile spot for salmon spawning to build their terminal, and they knew this. They just hoped that Oregon’s DEQ and Land Use Boards wouldn’t be paying attention. It was not uncommon to see Bradwood’s lobbyists and spokespersons sitting in the offices of politicians in Salem. In fact, this was a common occurrence. Bradwood’s chief spokesperson, Deister, was a former staff member for Karen Minnis, Republican House Speaker, whose tenure was cloaked in controversy. Deister left Minnis to become a lobbyist and then a paid spokesperson for Bradwood. Perhaps Mr. Ferrioli should explain about his own campaign receipts from the various groups associated with Bradwood.

Ferrioli should be also be spending his time investigating NW Natural’s role and Energy Action Northwest and why they continued running this company after all signs were there that Bradwood was in financial trouble. The debts kept mounting during that time.

I believe that Ferrioli is not only disingenuous; he’s on a Republican witch hunt. Stay tuned as bankruptcy documents are made public. There may be plenty of snakes under rocks that perhaps Mr. Ferrioli would prefer that he had left uncovered.

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