We are still blown away by Department of State Lands (DSL) hearings earlier this January. Across southern Oregon, over 3000 impacted landowners, ranchers, tribal members, youth, local businesses and residents, and climate advocates attended the DSL hearings. We sent a clear message to DSL Director Vicki Walker that southern Oregonians don’t want the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and LNG export terminal.
In every county, our communities filled the room to capacity with people opposing the project. Thank you to everyone who showed up, made phone calls, talked to their neighbors, and more. Check out more photos from the hearings here.
Photo Credit: Sherri Kies, Sherri Kies, and Matt Witt
In Klamath County, dozens of members of the Klamath Tribes, including Chairman Don Gentry and the entire Klamath Youth Tribal Council, spoke out against the project, linking the health of local waterways to the culture of the Klamath Tribes.
In Jackson County, we backed up the freeway as people waited to turn into the hearing location. Dozens of elected officials, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association, and ranchers spoke about how the Jordan Cove LNG project threatens our existing economy and our climate.
In Douglas County, wildland firefighters shared safety concerns about the construction and operation of the pipeline, and local landowners shared how Jordan Cove LNG is threatening the use of eminent domain on families living along the pipeline route.
In Coos County, Coos tribal members that are decedents of the Jordan family, who the actual Jordan Cove is named after, spoke about the threats the LNG export terminal and tankers pose to cultural resources and the history of their family, while many other Coos County residents spoke out about impacts that the project would have to the communities use of the bay for fishing and recreation.
Our partners in Oregon's urban centers also turned out hundreds of community members to the last hearing in Salem, to show that there is opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG project from across the entire state.
What’s next? The comment period ends this Sunday, February 3 at 5pm. Please submit your comment online today, if you haven’t already.
Photo Credit: Allen Hallmark