Jordan Cove Opposition Rallies at Governor's Debate in Medford

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, October 4

Contact: Allie Rosenbluth, allie@rogueclimate.org, 541-897-4480

Jordan Cove Opposition Rallies at Governor's Debate in Medford

Medford, OR - Today, community members from across the Rogue Valley will gather outside of the Governor’s debate in Medford to call on candidates for state and local office to oppose the twice turned-down Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The rally will start in Vogel Plaza at 6pm to march to the KOBI-TV Studio where the debate will begin at 7pm.

“Candidates wanting to represent  southern Oregon need to be accountable to the thousands of people impacted by this project, not the special-corporate interests promoting it,” said Hannah Sohl, Executive Director of Rogue Climate, a Medford-based community organization.  “The state of Oregon has the authority to deny critical permits and easements for the Jordan Cove project that would shut this proposal down. What our communities need is a faster transition to clean energy that creates jobs, lowers energy rates, and reduces climate pollution, not steps that take us backwards, like Jordan Cove.”

Despite efforts by a Canadian fossil fuel corporation (Pembina) to gain support for Jordan Cove with potentially illegal campaign contributions to local and state races, opposition to the fracked gas export project continues to grow in southern Oregon and beyond. This summer, a record-breaking 42,000+ comments were submitted by the public asking Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to deny Clean Water Act permits for Jordan Cove. Additionally, a recent statewide survey by Eugene-based public opinion firm, Policy Interactive, concluded the majority of Oregonians oppose the fracked gas export project.

The pipeline would be built through wildfire prone areas of southern Oregon and threatens the drinking water of over 116,000 Oregonians, including the city of Medford’s public drinking water source. The Jordan Cove proposal also requires the taking of private property through eminent domain and would impact the traditional territory and cultural resources of local tribes.

If built, Jordan Cove would also become the largest climate polluter in Oregon, with total emissions equal to over 15 times Oregon’s last remaining coal plant. “During this smoke and wildfire filled summer, we saw the beginning of what climate change means for our valley. My generation will see much worse if our leaders don’t start taking real steps to address climate change,” said 19-year old Jackson County resident, Kayla Fennell. “We need leaders in Oregon who will stand up against the fossil fuel industry and stop projects like Jordan Cove.”

Community members will meet in Vogel Plaza (15 S Central Ave) at 6pm to march to the KOBI-TV Studio  (125 S Fir St) where the debate will start at 7pm. There will be singing, chanting, and holding banners and signs urging candidates to oppose Jordan Cove’s proposed fracked gas pipeline and export terminal.

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