FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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Federal Agency Releases Hearing Dates for the Jordan Cove LNG Export Proposal
Impacted landowners, tribal members, business owners, youth and community members prepare to demand FERC denies “Certificate of Need” at hearings.
[WASHINGTON D.C.] - Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released hearing dates for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. Though Oregon has already denied a necessary clean water permit for the project, FERC is still considering permits for Jordan Cove LNG. Hearings for the project will take place the week of June 24 in Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath counties.
- Coos County: Monday, June 24, 2019, 1-8pm, Southwestern Oregon Community College Hale Center for the Performing Arts (1988 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, OR)
- Douglas County: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 1-8pm, South Umpqua High School (501 Chadwick Lane, Myrtle Creek, OR)
- Jackson County: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 1-8pm, Ramada Medford Hotel and Conference Center (2250 Biddle Road, Medford, OR)
- Klamath County: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1-8pm, Klamath County Fairgrounds/Event Center (3531 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR)
In February, FERC opened a public comment period on their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Jordan Cove LNG project. At the upcoming hearings in southern Oregon, FERC will take comments from the public on the many impacts of the project. FERC is expected to release their draft decision on the project’s “Certificate of Need” by January 2020.
“Even though this is the third time Jordan Cove LNG has attempted to gain approval for this boondoggle project, they are still missing key information about the design of the project and its environmental impacts,” said Susan Jane Brown, Staff Attorney at Western Environmental Law Center. “This lack of information has already caused the State of Oregon to deny a key permit and makes it impossible for affected landowners and other stakeholders to have a firm understanding of the consequences of this project. These upcoming hearings provide the public an opportunity to raise their concerns about Jordan Cove LNG and have their voices heard.”
In 2016, FERC denied Jordan Cove LNG, citing adverse impacts to landowners and a lack of public need for the project. This is one of the few fracked gas pipelines ever denied by FERC. Since then, Canadian fossil fuel corporation Pembina has reapplied under the Trump administration. The proposed 229-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline and the associated Jordan Cove LNG export terminal would impact waterways in southern Oregon 485 times including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coos, and Klamath Rivers, and would quickly become the single largest climate polluter in the state.
“Across southern Oregon and the region, opposition to this project continues to grow,” said Veronica Silva with Rogue Climate, a Medford based community organization. “FERC needs to follow the lead of the State of Oregon and deny this permit for Jordan Cove LNG. What our communities need is a faster transition to clean energy, not new fracked gas export pipelines that threaten our water, climate, and local economies.”
In the last round of hearings for the project, hosted by the Oregon Department of State Lands on the “Removal-Fill Permit”, more than 3,000 people spoke out against Jordan Cove LNG, including impacted landowners, anglers, small business owners, tribal members, health professionals, and many more Oregonians concerned about the impacts the fossil fuel project. A decision for that permit should be announced by September.
More information about activities at hearings will be released shortly.