Jackson County Commissioners oppose proposed LNG pipeline after 700 local residents sign petitions and many comment at commission meetings

The Jackson County Commissioners have sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking the agency to uphold its decision to deny Jordan Cove/Pacific Connectors application to build a 232-mile pipeline through southern Oregon to export fracked gas from a terminal at Coos Bay.

Veresen and Williams, the out-of-state companies that would stand to profit from the proposed project, have asked FERC to reconsider its denial that was issued March 11.

More than 700 Jackson County residents signed petitions to the county commissioners asking them to oppose the pipeline, and many provided public comments at the commissioners’ public meetings. Thousands of residents have spoken out over the past few years at federal and state hearings and through rallies, petitions, and publicly funded newspaper advertising.

The export terminal and pipeline would create the largest source of climate-changing carbon pollution in the state, affecting hundreds of landowners and more than 400 waterways, and drive up energy prices for U.S. consumers.

Responding to constituents’ concerns, the commissioners wrote to FERC:  “Jackson County opposes the applications and believes upholding the denial is in the public’s interest.”

"It is great to see the commissioners respond to the thousands of southern Oregonians who have participated in the last several years in hearings, rallies, and petitions to protect our land, our climate, and our quality of life,” said Hannah Sohl, director of Rogue Climate, one of the partners in the grassroots coalition, Stand up for Oregon: No LNG, No Pipeline. “Now we need to see Governor Brown and our state leaders take a stand as well.”

“Landowners like us have been fighting the project for over ten years and we are ready to move on with our lives,” said Deb Evans, an impacted landowner. “It means a lot to see the county commissioners taking a stand against a private corporation that wants to use eminent domain to trample on our property rights for their own profits.”

“Landowners appreciate confirmation by the Commissioners that Jackson County opposes the use of eminent domain for private economic benefit and their support of FERC’s conclusion that there was no demonstrated benefit to the public interest that outweighed the adverse effects on landowners” said Bob Barker, another Jackson County impacted landowner.

The Jackson County commissioners’ letter follows a resolution opposing the pipeline that was passed by the Shady Cove city council in April.

The letter can be viewed on the Jackson County website at: http://jacksoncountyor.org/Whats-New/News/ArtMID/4653/ArticleID/245980/Board-of-Commissioners-Send-Letter-to-Federal-Regulatory-Commission

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