Regarding Mr. Mann’s article about Facebook’s Submarine Cable plans in Tierra Del Mar. First of all, thank you for printing this and bringing it to the attention of the public.
We residents of Tierra Del Mar are indeed upset about and against the submarine cable project applied for by Edge Cable LLC/Facebook. Here are some comments and corrections for your article “Facebook Development Meets Opposition in Tierra Del Mar”:
1. Nowhere does the article point out that this is the only cable landing in the state of Oregon that goes through residential property bought specifically for this purpose. Indeed all other cable landing sites and beach manholes in Oregon are under public property. If this Conditional Use Permit is approved, it will set a precedent of using private land in residentially zoned areas for commercial use. This is a door that, once opened, will not be closed.
2. Conditional Use allows for cables and electrical from Public Utilities. Facebook and any of its subsidiaries are not public utilities. They are commercial enterprises and private.
3. This proposed cable will be installed underground from the proposed lot to a recently built Landing Station on Sandlake Road about mid way from Tierra Del Mar and Woods. That landing station was built some time ago, so this project has been underway since before October, 2018, which is when Edge Cable LLC/Facebook closed on the lot they propose to use. Adjacent residents were notified in December, 2018.
4. The cable will go to a large data center in Hillsboro, Or. Your article said Prineville. I believe that is incorrect.
5. Mr. Reed states that HDD is not fracking. I think the only difference between this project and the fracking you so often hear about is that this time they are not going for gas or oil. However, they are still mixing Bentonite ( a know carcinogen in powder form) with water “from local fire hydrants” to make the mud they will be using to bore the hole. We should note here that Tierra Del Mar has NO fire hydrants.
6. There are alternative sites for this project. One would be the existing site that is in Pacific City. No one in Tierra Del Mar wants to take away anyone’s job. We recognize that Internet development is part of our future. We simply want the location changed from an ocean front lot in a residential area to a more appropriate site where there are no homes that could be greatly and negatively impacted.
This demonstrates the need for Oregon to create some legislature that defines and sets boundaries for these types of projects. Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should be done. Our shoreline is finite and a treasure. If submarine cables are inevitable, then their installation and location should be defined by law.