**We are in an open comment period to submit comments to the State of Oregon on Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Pipeline!**
On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) opened a 60-day public comment period for an important permit for Jordan Cove LNG known as the “Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Review.”
Under the Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”), the state of Oregon has the authority to review projects that require federal licenses or permits that might impact land, water use, or natural resources in the coastal zone to determine whether or not they are consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Plan. This process effectively gives the state a voice on federal permit or licensing decisions for projects within the coastal zone.
A CZMA certification denial has stopped other projects across the country. For example, in 2008, the State of New York used the authority of the Coastal Zone Management Act to deny a fracked gas terminal proposed in the Long Island Sound,stating that the project was not consistent with New York’s coastal zone management policy and that the region could find other, more responsible ways to ensure sufficient energy supplies.
For more than 14 years, southern Oregon communities have been fighting a proposal from a Canadian energy company to build a 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline and the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal, collectively called “Jordan Cove”. If approved, the pipeline and terminal would require the use of eminent domain to build across private property, be the largest climate polluter in the state, and pipeline and terminal construction would threaten Oregon rivers, streams and the Coos Bay estuary.
Twice already, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has said that a fracked gas pipeline and export project in Southern Oregon, proposed by a Canadian corporation, is not in the public interest. Once in March 2016, and again in December 2016.
But Pembina, the company proposing the Pacific Connector Pipeline and the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal, is hoping that the influence of huge campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry in the 2016 elections will push Congress, the White House, and Oregon state agencies to allow this zombie pipeline project to come back from the dead.
In December 2017, the company announced that they planned to try again and in January 2017, started the pre-filing process to ask FERC to consider the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project again.
This 229 mile pipeline and fracked gas export project would trample the rights of landowners through use of eminent domain, disturb tribal territories and burial grounds, threaten 400 waterways, put existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and other sectors at risk, drive up energy prices, and create a major new source of climate pollution.
The campaign to stop the proposed LNG Pipeline through southern Oregon is comprised of landowners, businesses, climate and conservation groups, native tribes, and concerned residents working together to protect our home from fossil fuel exports and create clean energy jobs instead.
Learn more at www.nolngexports.org!
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- A Canadian fossil fuel corporation want to put a 229-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline across southern Oregon to transport 1.2 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per year to be shipped overseas from a giant new terminal
- Traditional tribal territories, cultural resources, and burial grounds are threatened by the pipeline. The Klamath, Siletz, Karuk, Yurok, and Tolowa Dee-ni' Tribes have all come out in strong opposition to the pipeline.
- Farmer and landowner rights will be trampled. Hundreds of private landowners will be impacted along the pipeline route and many will be threatened with eminent domain if they do not settle for permanent use of their land.
- Farms, fishing, and recreation businesses will suffer as the project impacts waterways 485 times and damages sensitive salmon and steelhead habitat. Hurting existing jobs and businesses.
- Over 150,000 Oregonian’s drinking water could be contaminated by the chemicals used during construction of the pipeline.
- Fracked gas is explosive and the terminal would be located in a tsunami zone. The pipeline would be located in wildfire-prone areas and over 16,000 people near the terminal would be in a “Hazardous Burn Zone.”
- Exporting LNG would raise prices for consumers here at home by 36-54%, according to the US Department of Energy.
- The export terminal and increased fracking would make climate change worse. The terminal alone would become the largest climate polluter in Oregon by 2020.
- Nearly 1,800 temporary residents from outside our local communities will descend on coastal and pipeline route towns during the construction phase. Corporate CEOs promise that dozens of jobs will remain after construction, but history has proven that such promises are rarely kept. Renewable energy development creates far more jobs than fracked gas.
Photo from No LNG Rally in Salem, November 2016 (c. Rick Rappaport 2016)