Lease the Bottom of Coos Bay for a Private Pipeline? No Way!
The Department of State Lands extended the deadline for some permits (see below), but not for this part! The Jordan Cove Energy Project is proposing to lease the bottom of Coos Bay for a massive fossil fuel pipeline that would feed the proposed export terminal that hopes to ship fracked gas from the United States and Canada overseas. The bottom of Coos Bay - in this case Haynes Inlet - is an area that is managed by the Department of State Lands and owned by all Oregonians.
Jordan Cove is one of the largest projects proposed in Oregon's history, and would dredge, drill and fill through 400 different waterways. This highly unusual and controversial proposal would lease an easement on public land for the benefit of a private Canadian company, at the expense of oysters, fishing, recreation and other values that Oregonians rely on.
State Lands: Hold Hearings in All Counties
The Department of State Lands (mostly) heard us! Yesterday the Department granted another 30 days for public comment and will be holding a hearing in Coos Bay. Your voices were overwhelming in asking for more time that is seriously needed to evaluate the incredible volume of materials describing how a 36" gas pipeline would cross hundreds of waterways and hundreds of acres of wetlands between Klamath County and Coos Bay. Nice work!
But wait, what about the other 3 counties that would see serious impacts from Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector? After all, the Department of Environmental Quality and even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held public meetings in not just Coos, but also Douglas, Jackson and Klamath Counties for their respective parts of the process. People in Douglas, Jackson and Klamath deserve the same opportunity to give testimony to State Lands as those in Coos County.
Take Action: Please call or write the Department of State Lands and thank them very much for extending the comment period for the removal and fill permits for Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector, yet firmly demand that they hold hearings in other regions that would be impacted like Douglas, Jackson and Klamath County.