No Pipeline Rally/Hearing Update from Salem

Update on the NO Pipeline Rally in Salem, Oregon – (yesterday, January 15th)

 

Please submit your Opposition Pipeline Comments by Feb. 3, 2019 to: www.nolngexports.org/write-comments

 

Klamath Tribal Members, Rowena Jackson and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith

pictured here at the DSL Hearing in Salem, OR.

 

“It’s great that thousands of people are pointing out that a project that would excavate and backfill in nearly 500 waterways across the state can’t remotely fit within DSLs charge to protect Oregon’s waters,” said Oregon State Senator Jeff Golden (District 3, Medford, Ashland). “And it’s heartening to see so many people are standing up now, when this disaster-in-the making can still be stopped, rather than regretting later that they didn’t do all they could do.”

 

“The impacts of this fracked gas export project to southern Oregon’s waterways and climate is unprecedented. Oregon DSL can, and should deny the Removal-Fill permit. We should be focusing the efforts of our state on transitioning to clean energy jobs instead” said Bill Bradbury, former Oregon Secretary of State and member of the State Lands Board.

 

Hundreds Rally Against Jordan Cove Project at Department of State Lands Permit Hearing

SALEM, OR — Over 300 people gathered in a rally and packed the Oregon Department of State Lands public hearing at the Department of Veterans Affairs Building to show their opposition to the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied gas export terminal (LNG) and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline proposal. Oregonians spoke to climate impacts of fracked gas, the destruction caused by fracking, and the harmful impacts the pipeline would have on Oregon’s forests, lands, and waterways. Last week, thousands more gathered to show opposition at similar hearings in the four Southern Oregon counties directly in the path of this project (Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos).

 

“Thousands of impacted landowners and ranchers, tribal members, small business owners, and youth showed up to hearings in southern Oregon last week to oppose the Jordan Cove project,” said Allie Rosenbluth, Campaigns Director at Rogue Climate. “That’s on the heels of last summer when a record number of over 43,000 Oregonians submitted comments to the state in opposition.”

 

The Canadian headquartered Pembina Corporation wants to build a highly pressurized 229-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline across Southern Oregon to export fracked gas from a new terminal located in Coos Bay. If built, Jordan Cove LNG would be the first and only liquefied natural gas export facility on the West Coast of the United States.

 

In January 2018, Oil Change International, a research nonprofit focused on quantifying the impacts of fossil fuels, released a report showing the full lifecycle emissions of Pembina’s proposal would be over 15 times the 2016 emissions from Oregon’s Boardman coal plant, becoming the largest single source of climate pollution in the state. Governor Kate Brown, who sits on the State Lands Board, has stated her commitment to reducing Oregon’s carbon footprint but has not come out in opposition to the project.

 

The Oregon Department of State Lands is responsible for overseeing the “removal-fill permit” to excavate millions of cubic yards of materials from Oregon wetlands and waterways to export fracked gas overseas. DSL is one of several state agencies with the authority to stop the project for good. The Pacific Connector Pipeline would cross 485 waterways in Southern Oregon, many of which are essential drinking water sources for residents of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos Counties. The Department of State Lands’ criteria for approving removal-fill permits requires projects not to interfere with water protection and conservation as well as navigation, fishing, and public recreation.

 

“It’s great that thousands of people are pointing out that a project that would excavate and backfill in nearly 500 waterways across the state can’t remotely fit within DSLs charge to protect Oregon’s waters,” said Oregon State Senator Jeff Golden (District 3, Medford, Ashland). “And it’s heartening to see so many people are standing up now, when this disaster-in-the making can still be stopped, rather than regretting later that they didn’t do all they could do.”

 

“The impacts of this fracked gas export project to southern Oregon’s waterways and climate is unprecedented. Oregon DSL can, and should deny the Removal-Fill permit. We should be focusing the efforts of our state on transitioning to clean energy jobs instead” said Bill Bradbury, former Oregon Secretary of State and member of the State Lands Board.

 

“Our ranch is on the path of two of the proposed alternatives for this project,” said Larry Mangan, a Coos County landowner. “We, and many other Oregon landowners, could be subject to eminent domain and have our property taken if this project is approved.”

 

“The Department of State Lands should deny the removal-fill permit for the Jordan Cove project because it is not consistent with the protection, conservation, and best use of Oregon’s waters,” said Stacey Detwiler of Rogue Riverkeeper. “The proposed dredging of Coos Bay and the construction of the terminal and 229-mile pipeline would pollute our waterways and harm navigation, fishing, and public recreation.”

 

“The Jordan Cove project carries enormous public health and safety risks to Oregon’s residents and environments,” said Nicholas Caleb, Staff Attorney for the Center for Sustainable Economy. “Gas pipelines leak and explode. The terminal would be built in a tsunami hazard zone which will become even more volatile as a result of the offshore dredging associated with this project, which the Department of State Lands is now being asked to authorize.”

 

“Over 156,750 Oregonians rely on safe drinking water from watersheds that would be degraded by the Pacific Connector Pipeline,” said Regna Merritt from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. “State Lands must not permit a project that puts the health and safety of so many Oregonians at risk.”

The Department of State Lands’ comment period for the Jordan Cove removal-fill permit closes on February 3rd, 2019 at 5:00pm.

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Allie Rosenbluth

She/Her/Hers

Community Organizer
Rogue Climate

703.298.3639
3932 South Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR 97501