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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM through October 10, 2017

    Tell FERC to Stop the Pacific Connector Pipeline!

    Comment to FERC on the Pacific Connector Pipeline Today!

    FERC, the Federal agency responsible for permitting Jordan Cove LNG, has opened an ongoing comment period to collect scoping comments on the Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Pipeline.

    “Scoping” is the process where FERC will decide what is included in the environmental impact statement and what issues to focus on. The scoping period is when the public and state agencies get to look through the impact studies the company has submitted and suggest other necessary impacts we want FERC to consider.

    Now we need you to submit comments about what FERC should include in the Environmental Impact Study to ensure we get the most thorough review possible. 

    Writing a comment to FERC is Easy. Here's how:

    1) Write your comments  and save them as a word doc or PDF on your computer (up to 6,000 words). In your own words, let FERC know that:

    • FERC must not rely on outdated data from previous iterations of the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector projects, including wildlife or plant surveys that may no longer reflect on-the-ground conditions.

    • FERC must consider alternatives to the project as a whole. FERC must also consider alternative designs to avoid potential impacts from the project.

    • FERC must spell out specific mitigation measures and plans that are relied upon to draw conclusions about the impacts of the projects.

    • FERC should weigh heavily the negative impacts on private landowners of the Pacific Connector, which would harm private property rights though the potential use of eminent domain.

    • FERC should address the full impacts of the projects on water quality for each stream and wetland impacted. FERC should require Pacific Connector to rely on up-to-date and site-specific information to evaluate the impacts of the proposals.

    • FERC should consider the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts to fish and wildlife that will be impacted by the proposed LNG terminal and pipeline, including threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead, and wildlife.

    • FERC must consider the climate-changing pollution that would be generated by all aspects of this project. FERC must consider the direct, indirect, and cumulative impact of fracked and conventional gas production, transport, liquefaction, and end use, including the contribution of leaked methane gas to the overall carbon pollution from these proposals.

    • FERC must undertake a detailed analysis of the public safety risks associated with the terminal and pipeline. In past reviews, FERC has failed to adequately address fire and emergency response risks along the pipeline route. Further, FERC must take a realistic look at a worst-case LNG spill and fire near the terminal.

    • FERC should consider an alternative pipeline route around any family who objects to the pipeline being buried on their property. Eminent domain should never be used for the private corporate profits

    • FERC should consider damages to families and farms along the route. With Pacific Connector staff freely operating up and down the pipeline route for building, monitoring, inspection and brush clearing, families lose the personal privacy and sense of security they have in their homes, FERC must consider this loss of privacy.

    • FERC must consider whether fair compensation is even possible when granting the power of eminent domain to a multi-national. Just knowing that FERC will likely give them the right of eminent domain to take property by force helps the corporations abuse fair compensation.

    • FERC must consider the negative impacts of pushing 1/3rd more gas, with 1/3rd higher pressure through rural Oregon with frequent wildland fire. Parts of the pipeline are above ground in the block valves. So far, FERC has no plans to protect these above-ground sections of pipe in rural areas from wildland fire.

    • FERC must consider the impacts of the proposed 1/3rd more gas shipped which includes 1/3rd more ship traffic and marine impacts.

    • FERC should consider the safety impacts to rural families along the pipeline route under a class 1 pipeline safety standard.

    • FERC must consider the impacts of large populations of temporary work force along the pipeline route and in Coos Bay for the LNG terminal. History has shown that increases in drug and alcohol use, crime, prostitution, domestic violence and other negative activities occur in communities where large outside work force move in.

    • FERC must consider the impacts of putting a highly explosive LNG export plant in a subduction earthquake zone and a tsunami evacuation area. FERC must get an unbiased peer-review of the proposed earthquake mitigations from scientists familiar with our unique coastal Oregon situation.

    • FERC should give more notice for public hearings. FERC only gave 2 weeks notice for scoping hearings held in Coos, Douglas and Klamath counties. Many rural Oregonians lack access to internet making public meetings a key peice of collecting public input. FERC should also offer scoping hearing in Jackson county which they neglected to provide. 

    2) After you have written your comments Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx and fill out the form. You will be sent a link to comment on a new page.

    3) Go to your email and click the link from FERC. In the new page, enter docket number PF17-4 (no spaces) and hit “search”. Select the Jordan Cove docket by clicking the blue "select" cross.

    4) Copy and paste your comments from your word document into the textbox and hit “Send comment”.

    5) You are done! Thanks and please help spread the word!

     

     

     


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