December 10, 2016
BREAKING: FERC will not reconsider the denial of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline
Rogue Climate Press Release: FERC Deals Severe Blow to Project Strongly Opposed by Southern Oregonians
Coalition Press Release: Coalition Applauds Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline
Klamath Tribes Press Release: FERC Upholds Their Original Decision to Deny the Jordan Cove Export Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline
News and Review: FERC denies rehearing on Jordan Cove LNG
Mail Tribune: FERC Upholds Denial of Pipeline Through Oregon
The World: FERC Denies Jordan Cove Rehearing
Veresen's Comments: HERE
A Canadian gas company wants to build the Jordan Cove Energy Project to export fracked gas from Canada and the Rockies through southern Oregon to Coos Bay and then to Asia. This would require the 232-mile Pacific Connector pipeline to be built across private and public land, creating a 95-foot wide clearcut through southwest Oregon’s forests, farms and rivers.
The pipeline would terminate in an export facility on the North Spit in the Port of Coos Bay and a new 420MW power plant. The facility would be located in the tsunami hazard zone, subjecting over 16,000 people to hazardous burns in the case of a accident. This project would affect 400 waterways and native salmon, impact hundreds of landowners, threaten tribal territories and burial grounds, raise energy prices, and create the largest source of climate pollution in Oregon.
Organizations, businesses, and concerned Oregonians are standing up for clean energy, rural communities, and our quality of life here in southern Oregon.
The federal government denied the permit for the project in March 2016, but the company is appealing this decision and our state agencies are still moving forward with permitting. We’re asking our governor and our state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of State Lands, to deny permits and certificates for this project.
Many of us live in Oregon because of the quality of life here. We need to transition to clean energy that can create jobs and protect our quality of life. We do not want Oregon to become a fossil fuel export hub.
- Multi-national corporations want to put a 232-mile pipeline across southern Oregon to transport 1.2 billion cubic feet of fracked natural gas per year from the Rockies to Coos Bay, where it would be shipped overseas from a giant new terminal.
- Tribal territories will be impacted by construction of the pipeline and the pipeline would also impact important salmon fisheries on the Rogue and Klamath Rivers.
- Farmer and landowner rights will be trampled. Nearly 700 private landowners will be impacted along the pipeline route and many will be threatened with eminent domain if they do not settle for a small, one time payment for permanent use of their land.
- Exporting natural gas (LNG) would raise prices for consumers here at home by 36-54%.
- Farms, fishing, and recreation businesses will suffer as the project disturbs nearly 400 waterways and damages sensitive salmon and steelhead habitat. Tourism could drop as coastal communities become less attractive.
- Nearly 1,800 temporary residents from outside our local communities will descend on coastal and pipeline route towns during the construction phase. Corporate CEOs promise that dozens of jobs will remain after construction, but history has proven that such promises are rarely kept. Renewable energy development creates far more jobs than natural gas.
- LNG is highly explosive. The company responsible for the pipeline construction has had more than five explosions at other facilities over the last year alone. Above-ground portions of the pipeline would be located in wildfire-prone areas.
- The export terminal and increased fracking would make climate change worse. The terminal would soon become the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Oregon after the Boardman coal plant shuts down in 2020.
- The terminal would be located in the tsunami zone on the coast, placing over 16,000 people in the “Hazardous Burn Zone.”
- Construction of the terminal would require 5.6 million cubic yards of dredging, threatening important estuarine habitats.
Take Action Now
Sign the petition to the Oregon Department of State Lands and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality here.
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Photos from the November 2016 Rally in Salem (c. Rick Rappaport 2016)