Signal Fire activates Tinderbox Artist in Residence at Rogue Climate Summer 2020

TINDERBOX 2020 WITH ROGUE CLIMATE:

In the third iteration of the Tinderbox residency, Signal Fire will embed an artist for three months at Rogue Action Center in Medford, Oregon. There, the artist will produce a body of work in response to Rogue Climate’s mission and/or current campaigns. The selected artist will work alongside Rogue Climate’s team, using a signature Signal Fire 12×12 white canvas tent as their on-site studio.  

This residency is intended to foster creative exchange between Rogue Climate and a Southern Oregon based artist. Eligible applicants must be able to consistently work from the Rogue Climate Medford office. Signal Fire and Rogue Climate will give the artist a stipend totaling $3,000, logistical support, and lend gear as needed.

The residency will take place in April, May, and June of 2020. The work resulting from Tinderbox will be considered for 2021 exhibitions, Leaf Litter publications, or special events as may apply. 

Applications due by February 29th at www.signalfirearts.org/programs/tinderbox

 

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Facing Widespread Opposition, Jordan Cove LNG Withdraws Application to Oregon Department of State Lands

[SALEM, OR] - Amidst enormous public opposition and just one week before the Department of State Lands (DSL) was set to make a decision on a critical Removal-Fill permit on the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, Pembina has withdrawn their application to the agency.

On Tuesday, DSL issued a rejection of a request for Pembina to extend the agencies timeline, noting the Canadian fossil fuel corporation had still not provided adequate information after multiple extensions.

“It is outrageous that Pembina has withdrawn their application just a few days before the Department of State Lands was set to make a decision,” said Mike Graybill, Former Manager of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and resident of Coos County. “Again and again, we have seen this Canadian fossil fuel corporation not playing by the same rules any other company would have to for a project of this size.” 

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Coos Bay Community Members Continues to Challenge Jordan Cove LNG after City Council Votes 4-3 to Approve Dredging

[COOS BAY, OR] The City of Coos Bay voted 4-3 to approve a request for Pembina to rezone a sensitive part of the estuary from protected to industrial-use for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. This decision can be appealed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

The City voted against recommendations from Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) to deny the proposal. LCOG is a neutral party the City hired to review the application and comments from community members, and to make a recommendation to City Council.

City Council chambers overflowed with about 90 people in red no LNG t-shirts and 60 people in support of Jordan Cove LNG. Local organizations including the Coos Bay Chapter Surfrider Foundation, Citizens for Renewables, Coast Range Forest Watch, and Rogue Climate held a “Rally to Protect the Bay” outside of City Hall before the meeting started.

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Thank you for a powerful day in Salem to stop Jordan Cove LNG!

We are still blown away by the #noLNG events in Salem last Thursday. Nearly 1,000 impacted landowners, tribal members, fishers, students, climate advocates, and more came to Salem to send Governor Kate Brown a clear message that now is the time to stop the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline.

Thank you to everyone who showed up, made phone calls and sent text messages, talked to their neighbors, cooked meals for volunteers, and more to make this incredible day a huge success.

With only a few months before the federal government can approve the use of eminent domain and tree clearing on private lands, now is a critical moment to pressure Governor Kate Brown to stand with our communities. Oregon state agencies have two critical permit decisions coming up in early 2020.

Can you help build off of last week's momentum, and call Governor Brown now at (503) 378-4582 to ask her to oppose Jordan Cove LNG?

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2019

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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