Over 400 People Intervene in FERC Process

2017 FERC INTERVENTIONS between September 26, 2017 to October, 26 2017

Prepared by Lucy Lefkowitz, Rogue Climate Intern

An analysis of the Motions to Intervene filed under the 2017 Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, L.P. Dockets # CP17-494 and # CP17-495 between September 26 and October 26 of 2017, reveal over 420 filings. See below for a breakdown of the types of filings.

Total # of Motions Filed

[9/26-10/26]

# of Motions Filed by Tribal Government

[9/26-10/26] (and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde - 11/16)

# of Motions Filed by Organizations

[9/26-10/26]

# of Motions Filed by ROW Landowners

[9/26-10/26]

# of Motions Filed by Supporters of Pipeline project

[9/26-10/26]

420-425

5

49

42-45

5

RIGHT OF WAY LANDOWNERS

First, the number of landowners that filed in 2015 and 2017 stayed more or less the same. The ranges are approximations.

  • Motions filed by right of way (ROW) Landowners (2017): [42-45]

    This range was obtained through reading all Motions filed to Intervene.

  • Motions filed by right of way (ROW) Landowners (2015): [Approximately 43 filed in either pipeline or terminal Dockets]

This range was obtained from the Order Denying Applications for Certificate and Section 3 Authorization.

After reading through and assessing the Motions filed by ROW landowners, three common issues were stated throughout their Motions:

  1. The first issue that was presented the most throughout the Motions filed by ROW landowners was the impact the proposed project would have to their property value. Almost all of the Motions stated that the proposed project would decrease their property value.
  2. The following two issues were presented through many of the Motions filed by ROW landowners: The impact the proposed project would have to their property’s fish, wildlife and flora, and the impact the proposed project would have to the quality of their land. The Motions included the significant environmental damage that would be presented to their land if the proposed project were to be approved.
  3. The last issue presented through many of the Motions filed by ROW landowners was, the impact the proposed project would have to the landowners’ long term management of their land. The statement to land management included, but was not limited to, the transportation of machinery, future building plans, and agriculture.

INTERVENOR WORKSHOPS

There was significant outreach done by members of the “No LNG Exports” coalition, to produce the large number of Motions filed under Dockets # CP17-494 and # CP17-495. In 2015 only 46 Motions to Intervene were filed on the terminal Docket and 69 Motions on the pipeline Docket.

The outreach consisted of social media postings, emails, and the organization of seven “how to file Motions to Intervene” workshops in each of the four impacted counties in Oregon, and communities on the lower Klamath in Northern California. In addition there was at least one workshop in Eugene. Some of those that attended the workshops decided to file from home which results in an estimated range of filings that were supported through the workshops. An overview  of the Motions filed at each workshop is as follows:

Workshop Attendee Chart

Workshop County

Klamath

Douglas

Coos

Jackson

Shady Cove

Orleans

Klamath

Total # of Attendees

19

9

16

24

22

19

22

Total # of Motions Filed

12-15

5

12-14

20

15-18

7

12

ORGANIZATION / GOVERNMENT Filing between [9/26-10/26]

Organizations - Total # of Motions Filed: 49

Sovereign Nations - Total # of Motions Filed: 6

State and Federal Governments and Agencies: 6

 

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon [Filed a Motion out of Time - 11/16]

Yurok Tribe

Karuk Tribe

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

The Klamath Tribes

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon Department of Land and Conservation Development

Oregon Department of Energy

State of Wyoming and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF THOSE WHO FILED MOTIONS TO INTERVENE

The map below allows you to see the geographic locations of those who filed Motions to Intervene.

Key to Map:

Blue markers: All who filed Motions to Intervene

Green markers: Right of Way (ROW) Landowners who filed Motions to Intervene

Orange markers: Supporters of project who filed Motions to Intervene

Red Line: Proposed Pacific Connector Gas pipeline route

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