SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT & LAND USE

 

 

April 07, 2005                                                                                                      Hearing Room 343

7:00 A.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes 77 - 78

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Charlie Ringo, Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson, Vice-Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Ginny Burdick

Sen. Frank Shields

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Matt Shields, Committee Administrator

Katie Lowry, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

SB 659 – Public Hearing

SB 527 – Public Hearing

SB 731 – Public Hearing

SB 593 – Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 77, A

005

Chair Ringo

Calls meeting to order at 7:02 a.m. Makes opening remarks. Opens public hearing on SB 659.

SB 659 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Rep. Brad Witt

Represents House District 31. Submits informational packet (EXHIBIT A). Reads submitted written testimony in opposition to SB 659.

070

Chair Ringo

Recesses public hearing on SB 659 and opens public hearing on SB 527.

SB 527 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Matt Shields

Committee Administrator. Submits SB 527-2 amendments (EXHIBIT B) and SB 527-3 amendments (EXHIBIT C) for the record.

075

Sen. Bill Morisette

Represents Senate District 6. Gives background information on SB 527. Submits informational packet (EXHIBIT D).

095

Sen. Doug Whitsett

Represents Senate District 28. Submits and reads written testimony on behalf of Ed Sullivan from Save Our Rural Oregon in support of SB 527 (EXHIBIT E).

165

Sen. Whitsett

Reads quote. Urges committee to pass SB 527.

177

Sen. Beyer

Asks about SB 527-2 and SB 527-3 amendments.

180

Shields

States that the -3 amendments are what have been agreed upon.

183

Chair Ringo

States that Sen. Morisette is nodding that the -3 amendments should be adopted.

184

Chair Ringo

Says that there are a lot of reasons why SB 527 makes sense. Wonders what happens when every community does not want an energy facility located there.

193

Sen. Whitsett

Responds.

220

Melyn Brock

Resident, Klamath County. Testifies in support of SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

240

Chair Ringo

Asks how many acres.

241

M. Brock

Responds. Continues testimony in support of SB 527.

260

William Brock

Resident, Klamath County. Submits and reads written testimony in support of SB 527 (EXHIBIT G).

302

Chair Ringo

Asks what the potential schedule of the facility is.

304

W. Brock

Responds.

308

M. Brock

Responds.

317

Chair Ringo

Appreciates witnesses coming to Salem.

325

Gail Whitsett

Resident, Klamath Falls. Submits and reads written testimony in support of SB 527 (EXHIBIT H).

TAPE 78, A

001

Whitsett

Continues reading submitted testimony.

040

Chair Ringo

States that he has not studied this issue in any depth. Asks about rationale for siting of mentioned facility.

045

Whitsett

Explains.

050

Chair Ringo

Asks if this facility could have been sited many places in Oregon as long as it was close to a British Petroleum/AMOCO (BPA) substation.

053

Whitsett

Replies yes and explains.

057

Chair Ringo

Asks how much water the mentioned facility will use.

058

Whitsett

Responds.

067

Chair Ringo

Asks clarifying question.

068

Whitsett

Asks Sen. Whitsett to respond.

071

Sen. Whitsett

Explains.

090

Richard Allan

Partner, Ball Janik LLP, representing Portland General Electric. Submits and highlights written testimony in opposition to SB 527 (EXHIBIT I).

127

Chair Ringo

Asks about California Oregon Border (COB) facility.

128

Allan

States that he does not represent the developers of any of the three projects mentioned today. States that he will try to answer questions.

133

Chair Ringo

Asks about facility in the Klamath Falls area.

135

Allan

Responds.

153

Allan

Continues testimony in opposition to SB 527.

250

Allan

Continues testimony in opposition to SB 527.

297

Mike Grainey

Director, Department of Energy. Testifies in opposition to SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

375

John Sundquist

Resident, Coburg. States for the record that he is in support of SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).

380

James Thompson

Resident, Turner. Testifies in support of SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L).

TAPE 77, B

008

Chair Ringo

Asks if witness wants some control over his community.

009

Thompson

Responds. Continues testimony in support of SB 527.

019

Roger Hamilton

Resident, Eugene. Testifies in support of SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT M).

048

Lisa Arkin

Resident, Lane County. Testifies in support of SB 527. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT N).

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony:

 

Jim Lockard

Coburg Rural Fire District Board of Directors. Submits written testimony on SB 527 (EXHIBIT O).

 

Arya Behbehani-Divers

Citizen. Submits written testimony on SB 527 (EXHIBIT P).

 

Gary Bauer

Manager of Government Affairs, Northwest Natural. Submits written testimony on SB 527 (EXHIBIT Q).

 

Shawn Miller

PacifiCorp and PPM Energy. Submits written testimony in opposition to SB 527 (EXHIBIT R).

 

Kitty Piercy

Mayor, City of Eugene. Submits written testimony in support of SB 527 (EXHIBIT S).

080

Chair Ringo

Closes public hearing on SB 527. Opens public hearing on SB 731.

SB 731 – PUBLIC HEARING

095

Rep. Jackie Dingfelder

Represents House District 45. Testifies in support of SB 731. Discusses SB 731-1 amendments which are submitted by staff for the record (EXHIBIT T).

144

Sen. Doug Whitsett

Represents Senate District 28. Testifies in opposition to SB 731.

173

Chair Ringo

Appreciates Sen. Whitsett’s testimony. Makes remarks about water.

180

Rep. Dingfelder

Discusses the -1 amendments.

185

Chair Ringo

Closes public hearing on SB 731 and says that it will be continued at  the meeting on Friday, April 8, 2005. Opens public hearing on SB 593.

SB 593 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Matt Shields

Committee Administrator.  Submits SB 593-1 amendments for the record (EXHIBIT U).

195

Justin Martin

Defenders of Wildlife. Submits and highlights written testimony (EXHIBIT V).

209

Cheryl Humman

Defenders of Wildlife. Gives background information on SB 593.

223

Chair Ringo

Hopes that SB 593 will be moved out of committee on Friday, April 8, 2005.

226

Chair Ringo

Closes public hearing on SB 593. States that the work session for SB 593 will be carried over to meeting on Friday, April 8, 2005. Re-Opens public hearing on SB 659. 

SB 659 – PUBLIC HEARING

250

Greg Miller

Chair, Board of Directors, Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).  Introduces those with him.

265

Chair Ringo

States that the committee needs to adjourn very shortly in order to allow the next committee to begin, but that the witnesses could follow up with him after the meeting.

268

Miller

Submits and highlights written testimony in opposition to SB 659 (EXHIBIT W).  Submits book titled Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws (EXHIBIT X).

293

Chair Ringo

Discusses harvest tax. States that this year, it is anticipated that a significant amount of general fund dollars will be spent on fighting forest fires. Wonders if it would be a better priority to take the money that is currently going to OFRI and use it for other purposes such as fighting fires.

305

Miller

Responds. Mentions HB 2327.

320

Carol Whipple

Board of Directors, OFRI. Submits and reads written testimony on SB 659 (EXHIBIT Y).

380

Chair Ringo

States that SB 659 will be carried over to the meeting on Friday, April 8, 2005.

385

Mari Ann Gest

The Wild Salmon Center. Testifies in support of SB 659. Mentions HB 2327. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Z).

TAPE 78, B

003

Chuck Willer

Director, Coast Range Association. Testifies in support of SB 659.

025

George Brown

Dean Emeritus, College of Forestry, Oregon State University and Director Emeritus, Forest Research Laboratory, Oregon State University. Testifies in opposition to SB 659.

044

Sen. Beyer

Makes comment on taxes.

047

Chair Ringo

Responds.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony:

 

Daniel A. Williams

Vice President for Administration, University of Oregon. Submits written testimony on SB 659 (EXHIBIT AA).

 

Jim Geisinger

Executive Vice President, Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. Submits written testimony in opposition to SB 659 (EXHIBIT BB).

 

Hal Salwasser

Dean, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Submits written testimony on SB 659 (EXHIBIT CC).

 

Ted Lorensen

Assistant State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry. Submits written testimony on SB 659 (EXHIBIT DD).

 

Leslie Lehmann

Executive Director, OFRI. Submits informational packet on SB 659 (EXHIBIT EE).

055

Chair Ringo

Closes public hearing on SB 659 and adjourns meeting at 8:29 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 659, informational packet, Rep. Brad Witt, 6 pp

B.     SB 527, -2 amendments, Staff, 6 pp

C.     SB 527, -3 amendments, Staff, 7 pp

D.    SB 527, informational packet, Sen. Bill Morisette, 7 pp

E.     SB 527, written testimony of Ed Sullivan, Sen. Doug Whitsett, 2 pp

F.      SB 527, written testimony, Melyn Brock, 3 pp

G.    SB 527, written testimony, William Brock, 1 p

H.    SB 527, written testimony, Gail Whitsett, 6 pp

I.       SB 527, written testimony, Richard Allan, 6 pp

J.      SB 527, written testimony, Mike Grainey, 3 pp

K.    SB 527, written testimony, John Sundquist, 1 p

L.     SB 527, written testimony, James Thompson, 3 pp

M.  SB 527, written testimony, Roger Hamilton, 3 pp

N.    SB 527, written testimony, Lisa Arkin, 6 pp

O.    SB 527, written testimony, Jim Lockard, 3 pp

P.      SB 527, written testimony, Arya Behbehani-Divers, 2 pp

Q.    SB 527, written testimony, Gary Bauer, 2 pp

R.    SB 527, written testimony, Shawn Miller, 2 pp

S.      SB 527, written testimony, Kitty Piercy, 2 pp

T.     SB 731, -1 amendments, Staff, 2 pp

U.     SB 593, -1 amendments, Staff, 1 p

V.     SB 593, written testimony, Justin Martin, 2 pp

W.   SB 659, written testimony, Greg Miller, 2 pp

X.     SB 659, book, Greg Miller, oversized

Y.     SB 659, written testimony, Carol Whipple, 1 p

Z.      SB 659, written testimony, Mari Anne Gest, 2 pp

AA.  SB 659, written testimony, Daniel A. Williams, 2 pp

BB.  SB 659, written testimony, Jim Geisinger, 1 p

CC.  SB 659, written testimony, Hal Salwasser, 2 pp

DD.SB 659, written testimony, Ted Lorensen, 2 pp

EE.SB 659, informational packet, Leslie Lehmann, 100 pp