Today hundreds of impacted community members and supporters from across Oregon are joining together in Coos Bay for a rally to oppose the Jordan Cove Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline. Community members are marching onto the McCullough Bridge in North Bend this afternoon, calling on Governor Kate Brown to take an active stance against the proposed export project. Paddlers in kayaks and canoes in the water are joining marchers on the bridge above, carrying signs that say “Kate Brown: Save salmon!” and “Not by land, not by sea- No LNG!” The rally begins at noon, at Ferry Road Park in North Bend
The event marks the culmination of Hike the Pipe, a 232-mile trek across Southern Oregon to raise awareness about the impacts of exporting fracked gas through our communities. Hikers have walked the length of the proposed pipeline route, starting their journey last month in Malin, in Klamath County. The hikers hope their journey will show how this project will affect our safety, environment, and local jobs in fishing and oyster production here in Coos County.
“After nearly 300 miles, we have seen landowner after landowner and community after community that would be harmed by this unsafe pipeline. Residents of Coos Bay and North Bend would be sitting next to a time bomb, and the Cascadia subduction zone is ticking,” says hiker Emmalyn Garrett. “A Canadian corporation does not deserve to profit at the risk of lives in Coos Bay.”
Participants are calling on Governor Brown to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the project, as Governor Kulongoski did in 2010 when the pipeline was an import project. Brown also has sway in the state permitting processes.
“Governor Kate Brown should stand up to pressure to fast track state permits. This project does not meet Oregon’s environmental standards. One of the fundamental functions of the governor as chief executive of the state is to ensure agencies are doing their jobs. The state should turn down—not rubber stamp—these permits,” says Grace Warner, Coos Bay resident and event spokesperson.
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