FERC Releases Draft Environmental Review of Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline
Twice-Denied Fracked Gas Project Faces Tremendous Opposition Across the Pacific Northwest
Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the twice-denied Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline proposed for southern Oregon, opening a public comment period that will close July 5th. Public hearings will be held in southern Oregon in June.
In 2016, FERC denied this project, citing adverse impacts to landowners and a lack of public need for the project. This is one of the few fracked gas pipelines ever denied by FERC. Since then, the Canadian fossil fuel corporation behind the proposed project, now Pembina, has reapplied under the Trump administration. The proposed 229-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline and the associated Jordan Cove LNG export terminal would impact more than 485 waterways in southern Oregon including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coos, and Klamath Rivers, and would quickly become the single largest climate polluter in the state.
“FERC already denied this project because of the harm it would cause to me and other landowners impacted by eminent domain for this private corporation,” said Russ Lyon, an impacted landowner in Douglas County. “We are still here. FERC needs to reject permits again and end this nightmare.”
“This project threatens our watersheds, forests, culture, ancestral homelands, burial sites and future. We have been here since time immemorial and will not let our home be violated for a fossil fuel corporation’s short term profit,” said 16-year old Ashia Wilson of the Klamath Tribe’s Youth Council. “FERC and Governor Brown need to listen to my generation and my Tribe’s call to stop the project now.”Read more
Oregon Department of State Lands Requests Extension of Review for Pembina’s Application.
As a result of the overwhelming number of public comments received by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in opposition to Pembina’s “removal-fill” permit application for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, DSL announced a six month extension for further review.
Throughout the 60-day public comment period on the permit, the Department of State Lands received over 50,000 comments in opposition to the project. More than 3,000 people spoke out against the project in public hearings, including 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 majority of attendees at hearings in Klamath County, Jackson County, Douglas County, Coos County, and Salem demanded that the permit be denied.
Pembina must receive Department of State Lands approval for one of the largest dredging projects in Oregon history to drastically alter the Coos Bay estuary for the proposed liquefaction and LNG shipping terminal, as well as for the river crossings of nearly 500 Oregon waterways. The Department of State Lands has the authority and responsibility to deny this permit if the project would harm waterways or impact navigation, fishing, and public recreation.Read more
Southern Oregon communities need to turn out in big numbers this Saturday to send a message to Governor Kate Brown and the Legislature that we need real climate action now.
While you might have heard that the Oregon Legislature is hosting a climate change hearing in Medford this Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9AM (arrive by 8:25 if you can), you might not know the background of why it’s so important that we all show up.
The hearing has been set up to focus on the Clean Energy Jobs Bill (House Bill 2020) -- something our climate action movement in southern Oregon has been fighting for over the past six years.
The problem is that the largest climate polluters and their political allies have been hard at work watering down the bill, carving out exemptions for the largest utilities, waste incinerators, and more. Without some significant changes, HB 2020 as it is now written could actually be a step backward for statewide climate action.
- WHERE: Central High School Auditorium, 815 S Oakdale Ave, Medford, OR 97501
- WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Come at 8:25AM to sign up to testify.
- WEAR: #NoLNG red!
- *We will have Rogue Climate comment guides to help you testify at the hearing*
By showing up Saturday, we can tell the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction three things:
First, we need a real Clean Energy Jobs Bill that results in:
- The immediate, bold action that is needed. We have to take bold action during the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to the recent climate reports. The current goals in HB2020 are far below what the world’s best scientists say is necessary.
- Significant investment for communities like ours that are most impacted by climate change to transition to renewable energy and greater energy efficiency and prepare for the climate change impacts. This should be paid for by the largest polluters.
- No carve outs for the largest polluters. This means no offsets, no exemptions, and strict limits on free allowances.
- A real voice for our communities on boards overseeing the program.
Second, the Clean Energy Jobs Act must ensure that there will be no new fossil fuel infrastructure built in Oregon, such as the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and LNG export terminal. We cannot make progress on climate change if the corporate special interests behind Jordan Cove are allowed to build the largest source of climate pollution in the state.
Third, we can’t stop at a strong Clean Energy Jobs Act worthy of the name. We also need an Oregon Green New Deal, supported by grassroots groups throughout the state, that will create new jobs in renewable energy, lower energy costs, prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change, promote sustainable farms and forests, strengthen our public transportation systems, and more.
Will you show up to tell our elected officials that climate action is a top priority for southern Oregon? Make sure to come early if you can to get testimony guides and talking points from Rogue Climate. (Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person who signs up.)
Even if you don’t plan to speak, please be there to show your support, and wear red!
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."
Photo of the proposed LNG Export Terminal Site from the air. Photo byRead more
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 WittRead more