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Oregon's Federal Senator Ron Wyden is coming to Jackson County on Wednesday, February 20th on his annual Oregon Town Hall tour. Let’s show him that southern Oregon wants a clean energy transition, not fracked gas projects that take us backwards.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 20, 10:15AM - 12:00PM
WHERE: North Medford High School
WEAR RED AND BRING YOUR #NOLNG SIGNS.
Senator Ron Wyden is one of many elected leaders in Washington DC calling for a Green New Deal to transition our economy to clean energy, but he still doesn’t oppose the biggest source of climate pollution proposed in his home state.
Will you attend Senator Wyden’s townhall to ask him to protect our communities, not the special interests of a Canadian fossil fuel corporation?
Join Civil Liberties Defense Center Executive Director, Lauren Regan, and investigative journalist, Will Parrish as they survey the landscape of anti-pipeline struggles in North America.
Amid spiraling climate disasters, fossil fuel pipeline construction in at least two dozen US states and throughout Canada have been facing fierce resistance, particularly from indigenous communities fighting for cultural renewal and survival.
Regan and Parrish will detail tactics used against the water protectors at Standing Rock, from brutal police violence to corporate propaganda campaigns and covert operations involving informants and electronic eavesdropping. They will also draw lessons from the #NoDAPL struggle, with a view toward battles ahead to protect the land, water, and climate.
This event is sponsored by Rogue Climate, Southern Oregon Rising Tide, and the Civil Liberties Defense Center.
Join local and national Rising Tide chapters, Rogue Climate, Interplay, and comrades from the Ende Gelände movement in Germany at this workshop and community event! Bring your experiences and questions to this opportunity for international collaboration and movement building!
About Ende Gelände:
Over the last ten years, a strong and diverse radical climate justice movement has been growing in Germany. The last few years saw the emergence of Ende Gelände (“Here and No Further”) mass mobilizations for civil disobedience against coal mining. Wearing their emblematic white overalls, demonstrators invaded mining pits, danced in front of the diggers, slept on the railways, and provoked pictures that have raised attention globally by exposing the dirty truth behind the official tale of the German energy transition “Energiewende” and making the connection between climate chaos and capitalism.
Come out to this event and meet with German activists from Ende Gelände on their US tour as they share stories about successful mass mobilizations for climate justice, including their campaign to stop the coal mines of the Rhineland region and protect and Hambach Forest.
See you there!
The State of Oregon has authority to stop the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, but Governor Brown and many of our state legislators still have not come out against it. On Thursday, March 28th communities across Oregon will go to the Oregon State Capitol to meet with our legislators and ask them to oppose the fracked gas project proposed in Southern Oregon.
RSVP today at bit.ly/nolnglobby
Please fill out the RSVP form (bit.ly/nolnglobby) if you're interested in joining the "2019 No LNG Lobby Day" on Thursday, March 28. The day will include a lobby training in the morning and meetings with your legislators throughout the day. More details to come!
More info about the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline:
A Canadian fossil fuel corporation want to build the Pacific Connector pipeline across public and private lands in southern Oregon to transport up to 1.6 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per year from Canada and the Rockies to Coos Bay, where it would be processed to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and shipped overseas from a giant new terminal called Jordan Cove LNG. Pembina, a giant Canadian energy company would make massive profits, while the rest of us would pay the price.
Trampling on farmer and landowner rights: If landowners along the pipeline route don’t accept a small, one-time payment for permanent use of their land for the pipeline, the government will grant Pembina the power of eminent domain to force them to anyway. After 13 years, Pembina still has less than 40% of contracts with landowners.
Threats to traditional tribal territories: Cultural resources, traditional tribal territories and burial grounds are threatened by both the the pipeline route and the export facility. The Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes have openly opposed the fracked gas project.
Huge backward step on climate: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, exporting natural gas from the US to Asia could end up being worse from a greenhouse gas perspective than if China simply built a new power plant and burned its own coal supplies. The terminal would also become the largest source of climate pollution in the state, amounting to up to 15 times the last remaining coal plant in the state of Oregon. Fracking wells that would supply this project have been documented to leak substantial amounts of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that can make fracked gas projects much worse than coal in a 20-year time frame.
Serious safety risk: LNG facilities and natural gas pipelines are highly explosive. For example, in 2014, the Plymouth LNG facility in Washington exploded, injuring workers and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes. The Jordan Cove terminal would be built in a region vulnerable to tsunamis, while the pipeline, full of high-pressure gas, would pass through an area with a high risk of wild fires.
Higher energy prices: Exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) “puts pressure on prices and that wouldn't be good for consumers,” according to Avista Senior V.P. Jason Thackston in 2014.
Threats to existing jobs and businesses: The pipeline will affect farms and fishing businesses as it disturbs more than 400 waterways and damages salmon and steelhead habitat. “Horizontal Directional Drilling” would happen under the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, and Coquille Rivers, threatening our rivers with pipeline drilling accidents called “frack outs”. This drilling technique has led to major spills and water contamination in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Major local impacts, few jobs: More than 1,000 temporary residents from outside our communities will descend on the region during the construction phase. Corporate CEOs promise that dozens of jobs will remain after construction, but history has proven that such promises are rarely kept.
Clean energy development creates far more jobs than fracked gas: Each dollar invested in clean energy creates two to seven times as many jobs as spending that dollar on fossil fuels. Businesses, elected officials, and community residents in the Rogue Valley have been working together to speed our transition to cleaner energy like solar and to greater energy efficiency. This project threatens all the progress we are making.