Twice already, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has said that a fracked gas pipeline and export project in Southern Oregon, proposed by a Canadian corporation, is not in the public interest. Once in March 2016, and again in December 2016.
But Veresen, the company proposing the Pacific Connector Pipeline and the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal, is hoping that the influence of huge campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry in the 2016 elections will push Congress, the White House, and Oregon state agencies to allow this zombie pipeline project to come back from the dead.
In December 2017, Veresen announced that they planned to try again and in January 2017, started the pre-filing process to ask FERC to consider the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project again.
This 233 mile pipeline and fracked gas export project would trample the rights of landowners through use of eminent domain, disturb tribal territories and burial grounds, threaten 400 waterways, put existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and other sectors at risk, drive up energy prices, and create a major new source of climate pollution.
The campaign to stop the proposed LNG Pipeline through southern Oregon is comprised of landowners, businesses, climate and conservation groups, native tribes, and concerned residents working together to protect our home from fossil fuel exports and create clean energy jobs instead.
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- A Canadian corporation (Veresen) wants to build the 233-mile, 36 inch wide, Pacific Connector Pipeline across southern Oregon to transport 1.2 billion cubic feet of fracked liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year from the Rockies to Coos Bay, where it would be shipped overseas from a giant new Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.
- Traditional tribal territories, cultural resources, and burial grounds are threatened by the pipeline. The Karuk, Hoopa, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes have all passed resolutions opposing the pipeline.
- Nearly 400 rivers and streams would be threatened, including the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coos, and Coquille rivers, as well as the Coos Bay estuary. Crossings would impact communities, businesses and wild salmon that rely on clean water.
- 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 our natural gas would raise prices for consumers here at home by 36-54%.
- Nearly 1,800 temporary residents from outside local communities would 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. Above-ground portions of the pipeline would be located in wildfire-prone areas of southern Oregon.
- The terminal would be located in the tsunami zone on the coast, placing over 16,000 people in the “Hazardous Burn Zone.”
- The export terminal and increased fracking would make climate change worse. The terminal would soon become one of the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Oregon.
MEDIA AND NEWS
12/10/2016 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
Photo from the November 2016 Rally in Salem (c. Rick Rappaport 2016)