Oregonians Voice Strong Support for Governor Brown’s Action to Protect the Clean Water Act


Salem, OR - This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown sent a strong letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging them to withdraw a proposal to dramatically alter the state’s role in implementing the Clean Water Act. The Governor wrote,

“Oregon has many serious concerns with the revisions proposed by EPA... We have no doubt that, if adopted, the revisions will fail to meet EPA's stated objectives. The revisions will destabilize a relatively well-functioning component of our nation's water quality program that protects public health and the environment. They will have the effect of extending the length of time required to permit complex projects. They will lead to a significant increase in the proportion of proposed projects that are denied certification. And, they will harm both public health and our environment.”

In response to the Governor’s statement, groups from across Oregon issued statements of support for Oregon’s effort in protecting the state’s authority to review the potential pollution impacts of projects such as the Pacific Connector Pipeline.

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Oregon State Agency Opens New Comment Period on Coastal Impacts of Jordan Cove LNG Project

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development asks for public input on coastal impacts of Pembina’s application to build fracked gas pipeline and export terminal.

[SALEM, OR] Today, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) opened a 60-day public comment period on the coastal impacts of Pembina’s proposed Jordan Cove LNG project that has faced fierce opposition from impacted landowners, Tribal members, anglers, small business owners, health professionals, and many more Oregonians and Northern Californians.

DLCD is conducting a review on whether the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline are consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program. If DLCD finds the Canadian fossil fuel corporation’s fracked gas export project is not consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, the project cannot move forward. 

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Over 40,000 Comments to FERC Opposing Jordan Cove LNG!

Tens of Thousands of Comments in Opposition to Jordan Cove LNG Reflect Wide Range of Concerns as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Comment Period Closes

Tens of thousands of comments from impacted landowners, tribal members, crabbers and anglers, health professionals, youth, and other community members across the region poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before its public comment period closed today on their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline. This markeda significant growth in opposition since 2016 when FERC considered and twice denied a previous application of the proposal. Thus far, over 40,000 of the comments submitted to FERC that have been counted are in opposition to the project.

Notable commenters on the draft EIS included the State of Oregon, the Jackson County Commissioners, multiple Tribal governments, organizations representing commercial fishing interests, and a 302-page compendium of technical comments from the No LNG Exports Coalition. 

Photo by Sherri Kies.

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FERC Releases Hearing Dates for the Jordan Cove LNG Export Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CONTACT: Allie Rosenbluth, 541-816-2240, allie@rogueclimate.org

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)


More information online here.

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Jordan Cove LNG Response to Department of State Lands Information Request Insufficient

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Contact: Allie Rosenbluth, allie@rogueclimate.org

Jordan Cove LNG Response to Department of State Lands Information Request Insufficient

Oregonians Call for Removal-Fill Permit Denial Based on Recent DEQ Clean Water Act Permit Denial

[SALEM, OR] Less than a week after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) denied a critical Clean Water Act permit for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline, Canadian fossil fuel corporation Pembina responded to an information request from the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) regarding their application for a “Removal-Fill” permit to excavate millions of cubic yards of materials from Oregon wetlands and waterways to export fracked gas overseas.

DSL’s substantial concerns, issued in an April information request, includes the project’s impact on Oregon’s waterways, public safety, failure to demonstrate a need for the project, and the company’s lack of local land-use permits.

“The Department of Environmental Quality denied Clean Water Act permits for Jordan Cove LNG because there are not reasonable assurances that the project will comply with Oregon’s water quality standards, which the agency laid out in over 200-pages critiquing the project,” said Stacey Detwiler, Conservation Director of Rogue Riverkeeper. “We urge the Department of State Lands to hold this project to the same standards that the Department of Environmental Quality did last week and deny this permit.”

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