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Forest Grove City Council to look at proposed liquid natural gas pipeline

Mayor adds item to weekend council retreat after local critics of the project make their case at Monday's meeting

The Forest Grove City Council will consider whether to take a position on two natural gas pipelines proposed to run through the west end of Washington County.

Mayor Richard Kidd said that the council will take up the controversial issue this Saturday during its annual retreat. He said councilors will examine the project's possible impacts on the city's watershed and water delivery lines as well as the economic effect two liquid natural gas terminals would have if they are built along the Columbia River.

Kidd said he felt it was important for the council to discuss the issue after a group of local citizens opposed to the pipeline project made its second presentation to the council on Monday.

Oregon Citizens Against the Pipeline, a statewide coalition of pipeline opponents, will rally at the steps of the state capital at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Salem.