Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541-488-9831
Hannah Sohl, Rogue Climate, 541-840-1065
Francis Eatherington, Landowner, 541-643-1309
FERC Rubberstamps Jordan Cove LNG Export Project
Governor Brown and Oregon agencies hold the final decision
Medford, OR – Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline. Despite clear adverse impacts to forests, streams and species that would be harmed by the proposed terminal and pipeline, FERC staff recommended approval to the Commission. The FEIS follows a decade-long pattern of FERC approving LNG terminals throughout the United States over the objections of local residents, scientists, U.S. businesses, private landowners, and state agencies.
“FERC has never turned down a new LNG terminal: they are the epitome of a rubberstamp agency,” said Forrest English of Rogue Riverkeeper. “That’s why we are relying on the State of Oregon to stand up for our climate, Oregon families in the way of the pipeline, and our salmon-bearing rivers and estuaries by using all of its authorities to deny this project. It’s Governor Brown’s decision whether this project complies with State law in the end, not FERC’s.”
The Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline would export domestic and Canadian natural gas from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations to Asian and Pacific Rim markets, which would increase greenhouse gas pollution and contribute to the acceleration of climate disruption.
“This project would quickly become the biggest greenhouse gas polluter in the State of Oregon,“ said Hannah Sohl of Rogue Climate. “FERC doesn’t take Oregon’s climate goals seriously, but we hope that Governor Brown does. Oregon cannot simultaneously lead on climate change while approving a project that will become the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state.”
Local landowners vowed to fight FERC’s expected decision, and call on the State of Oregon to protect Oregon families from the use of eminent domain to gain right of way for the gas export project.
“FERC is more than willing to give away my land to export fracked gas to high-priced overseas markets, with no benefit to American consumers,” said Francis Eatherington, who has fought the proposed pipeline through her property for 10 years. “The pipeline and terminal conflict with Oregon’s own clean water and environmental standards. We are asking that our State agencies and our Governor apply Oregon’s laws and protect landowners like myself who would face condemnation for the pipeline.”
Opponents to the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline point to previous actions by the State of Oregon, including the State’s challenge of FERC’s previous approval of the Jordan Cove LNG import terminal and Oregon DEQ's denial of a Clean Water Act permit for the Bradwood LNG terminal on the Columbia River.
“The State’s permitting process is intentionally rigorous,” said Ted Gleichman with Sierra Club. “Those permit requirements are in place for a reason: to protect the water quality, lands, wildlife, air, and public safety of Oregonians. It is time for Governor Brown to join the likes of past Governors Kulongoski and Tom McCall to ensure that the needs of Oregonians are met over the bottom line of big oil and gas companies.”
The No LNG Exports Coalition formed to stop the Jordan Cove LNG and Oregon LNG terminals and pipelines from exporting fracked gas through the Pacific Northwest. The group has organized statewide rallies, letter-writing campaigns, attended hearings and provided input to decision-makers at a Federal and state level. The Western Environmental Law Center and the Crag Law Center represent members on various legal challenges to this LNG proposal.
“We’ve been here before with FERC and we will push back on their flawed analysis once again,” said Susan Jane Brown, attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center. “Most importantly, we know Oregon has the legal authority and ample reasons to reject this project, and we are counting on Governor Brown to stand up for all Oregonians.”
No LNG Exports Coalition members include: 350 Portland, 350 Eugene, 350 Corvallis, 350 Salem, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Columbia Pacific Common Sense, Columbia Riverkeeper, Community Alliance of Lane County, Food & Water Watch, Klamath Riverkeeper, Landowners United, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, No KXL Pledge of Resistance Portland, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Pipeline Awareness Southern Oregon, Raging Grannies Oregon, Rogue Climate, Rogue Riverkeeper, South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Western Environmental Law Center.
For more information visit www.nolngexports.org.