Timeline: August 22 – September 26
Hike the Pipe! will involve hiking the actual pipeline route during certain portions and marching through nearby communities during others. All necessary legal permission will be obtained before hikers cross private land on their way to Jordan Cove.
Section I: Klamath Basin
Malin -PCT (55 miles @ 7 mi./day)
Section II: Cascades & Winema Nat. Forest
PCT - Shady Cove (50 miles @ 7 mi./day)
Section III: Rogue River Basin
Shady Cove - Tiller (30 miles @ 7 mi./day)
Section IV: South Umpqua River Basin
Tiller - Winston (40 miles @ 6.5 mi./day)
September 10 - September 15 (6 days)
Section V: Coastal Range
Winston - North Bend (65 miles @ 6 mi./day)
September 16 - September 26 (11 days)
Why Hike the Pipe?
Many concerned Oregonians have been fighting this pipeline and export terminal for
Hike the Pipe! will also bring people together in protest and friendship as hikers participate in 4 different town events along the route. There will be one community event in each county directly affected by the project in order to display the broad base of opposition to LNG in Oregon. These events are being planned by members of the community, which will ensure they are organic and candid expressions of the community's story. Please help make this storytelling adventure possible!
The Hike the Pipe! team is a grassroots group of young people people hailing from all over the state of Oregon. We are not landowners or professional environmentalists; however, we see ample opportunity for Oregonians to mobilize and come together to stop this project. We are excited to use this time in our lives to do this project alongside affected individuals and communities to make sure we keep the fossil fuel industry out of Oregon, and instead support our communities in transitioning to cleaner energy. We are not against jobs, nor are we against business; but we do have a problem with outside corporate interest making billions while the rest of us bear the risks and the costs. We seek to have a more fulfilling discussion about jobs and business, one that has the public interest and our local communities well being as its end goal.
Float the Pipe! (June 19-20): Kayaktivists floated the S. Umpqua River to protest the LNG pipeline and promote Hike the Pipe!
Alexander Harris grew up in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Ashland, Oregon and moved to Eugene in 2011 to attend the University of Oregon. He graduated in 2014 with degrees in both Philosophy and Political Science, with an emphasis on Social and Political Philosophy. He began working full time against the Jordan Cove Energy Project in March 2015 when he was hired as an independent contractor by Hair on Fire, an awareness, research, and advocacy organization based in Southern Oregon. With the help of Hair on Fire, Alex developed an alternative approach to enacting political change: backwoods/recreational activism in rural areas. He has now teamed up with Rogue Climate and the No LNG Coalition to launch a project called “Hike the Pipe!”, a 232-mile resistance hike along the proposed route of the LNG pipeline. Alex and his new wife Rhiannon have recently moved to Portland where they continue to fight for environmental and social justice.
Dana Greenblatt is a student at the University of Oregon in the Public Policy, City Planning, and Non-Profit Management Department, minoring in Environmental Studies. Dana is passionate about protecting the environment and addressing social and environmental justice issues in her community and beyond. Dana grew up in Southern Oregon enjoying the incredible mountains, waterways, and landscapes found in this state. The fight to protect Oregon's wilderness and communities is very close to her heart.
Maria lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she stays busy doing forest survey work, teaching workshops about mushrooms, or working on vegetable farms. She volunteers with Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, a forest survey project in Eastern Oregon and in Eugene she volunteers with Cascadia Forest Defenders. Maria grew up in Ohio, a state where the numbers of pipelines are ever increasing, and she has first hand experience with the dangers of natural gas pipelines when a pipeline exploded on her neighbor’s property in southern Ohio.
“Properly Chill” (Meg Wade)
Meg has been thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail since June, where she earned the trail name “Properly Chill.” Before starting the PCT, she served as the Operations Manager for the Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit that provides technical assistance to communities engaged in participatory budgeting, a process in which residents directly decide how to spend public money. She has been active in numerous organizations striving to build local democracy and local economies. She grew up in Portland and attended the University of Chicago. Her family currently resides in Tacoma, WA.
The maverick of the group. He volunteers with Cascadia Forest Defenders and the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team. He trained as a street medic with Chicago Action Medical. He is quiet and aloof, often spending time alone in the forest. He comes from a land far away where earthquakes are becoming more frequent and fracking has already contaminated many water systems. He claims that he hikes for the water, but many of his reasons are his own.
Grace lives in Coos Bay, Oregon, where she works in education and volunteers for a forest monitoring group called Coast Range Forest Watch. She moved to Oregon in 2006 to study journalism at the University of Oregon. As part of the media team for Hike the Pipe!, she hopes to raise awareness about the impacts this export proposal will have on forests and rivers in Southern Oregon, and to amplify the voices of rural communities from Malin to Coos Bay.
The senior member of the group. He grew up when President Eisenhower was promoting a federal highway system throughout the country. Americans could get into their cars and go everywhere. “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet”. Things have changed and Barry feels obligated to do what he can so his generation’s legacy to future generations would be one of hope for a sustainable future.
Emmalyn grew up in Oakland, OR in Douglas County and has since lived in both Coos and Jackson counties. She currently lives in Portland and is a pre-med student as well as an organizer for social and environmental justice issues. She thinks that the vibrant and diverse forests and impressive watersheds of Southern Oregon as well as the vibrant, diverse, and fiercely independent people and communities of Southern Oregon deserve better than corporate profiteering. She is hiking the whole route from the California-Oregon Border near Malin to the North Spit of Coos Bay.
John knows that this pipeline is not going to get built. Because we are going to do whatever it takes to stop it! For most of his life his activism has focused on cultural and systemic interventions to take us toward a world that works for all, but in the past two years he has shifted focus to climate action, including last year being part of the cross-country Great March for Climate Action. He grew up around Boston, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sri Lanka. For the past ten years he has ben in Eugene, Oregon, most of that time at Walnut Street Co-op.