Unprecedented Number of Comments Submitted to Oregon DSL Opposing Jordan Cove LNG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 4, 2019

Over 35,000 Comments Submitted by Oregon Communities Demanding the Department of State Lands Deny a “Removal-Fill” Permit for Canadian Fossil Fuel Company Pembina

[OREGON] -- On Sunday, February 3rd, a state public comment period closed after over 35,000 total comments were received by the Oregon Department of State Lands in opposition to a “removal-fill” permit for Pembina’s proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The comments were submitted by impacted landowners, anglers, small business owners, tribal members, health professionals, and many more Oregonians concerned about the impacts the fossil fuel project would have on nearly 500 waterways.

The 60-day comment period ends only a few weeks after over 3,000 people, mostly rural Southern Oregon residents, spoke out against the project at overflowing State Lands hearings in Klamath County, Jackson County, Douglas County, Coos County, and Salem. Over 70% of attendees at those hearings demanded that the permit be denied.

“As a fishing guide, I know how important clean rivers are for Southern Oregon’s economy,” said Stuart Warren, owner and guide at Stuart Warren Fly Fishing. “The Oregon Department of State Lands needs to protect our existing jobs in fishing and recreation by denying this permit for Jordan Cove.”

"The project will unreasonably harm our fisheries, particularly the Dungeness crab fishery," said Coos County resident Mike Graybill. "LNG vessel traffic will limit access to crab fishing areas in Coos Bay."

Jordan Cove from the air. Photo by Rena Olson.Photo of the proposed LNG Export Terminal Site from the air. Photo by Rena Olson.

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INCREDIBLE turnout at DSL hearings across southern Oregon!

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

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PRESS RELEASE: Broad Coalition of Grassroots Voices to Be Heard as Oregon Department of State Lands Hosts Public Hearings on Critical Permit for Jordan Cove LNG

A wide range of grassroots voices opposed to the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and export terminal will be heard as the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) today opened a 60-day public comment period for Jordan Cove’s Removal-Fill permit.

 

During this time, DSL will hold public hearings in Klamath Falls, Central Point, Canyonville, North Bend, and Salem.

  • Klamath County: Monday, January 7, 5:30-8PM, Klamath Falls Community College
  • Jackson County: Tuesday, January 8, 5:30-8PM, Jackson County Expo
  • Douglas County: Wednesday, January 9, 5:30-8PM, Seven Feathers Casino
  • Coos County: Thursday, January 10, 5:30-8PM, The Mill Casino
  • Salem: Tuesday, January 15, 5:30-8PM, Department of State Lands Building
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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.”

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Record Breaking Number of Comments Submitted to DEQ

A big thanks to everyone who submitted comments to Oregon DEQ and the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to deny clean water act permits. This was a RECORD BREAKING number of comments submitted to Oregon DEQ. Our communities have spoken loud and clear that we don't want this pipeline. Will Governor Kate Brown listen?

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