PRESS RELEASE: Record Number of Comments to Oregon DEQ Opposing Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

Contact:

Stacey Detwiler, stacey@rogueriverkeeper.org, 541-488-9831

Hannah Sohl, Hannah@rogueclimate.org, 541-840-1065

 

RECORD NUMBER OF COMMENTS TO OREGON DEQ on CLEAN WATER PERMIT FOR JORDAN COVE LNG EXPORT TERMINAL & PACIFIC CONNECTOR PIPELINE.

 

(MEDFORD, OR)

Water Protector, Blue Parrish, a Klamath Tribal Member who lives in Colorado, couldn’t travel to the Rally on the 16th- But his mom sent this picture. They want EVERYONE to know that he stands with us for his future— and the next 7 generations!

Water Protector, Blue Parrish, a Klamath Tribal Member who lives in Colorado, couldn’t travel to the Rally on the 16th- But his mom sent this picture. They want EVERYONE to know that he stands with us for his future— and the next 7 generations!

 

More than 42,000 comments were submitted to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), overwhelmingly in opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This unprecedented number of comments ask the agency to deny the Clean Water Act permit required for the project. In the last month, thousands of comments flooded in after Oregon DEQ extended the comment period as a result of public pressure. The comment period closed yesterday, on Monday, August 30.

 

Opposition to the project continues to grow across the region. Last week, over 200 impacted landowners, youth, tribal leaders, health professionals, and environmental and climate advocates met in Medford to ask the Oregon DEQ to deny the Clean Water Act permit for the project.

 

“This project would benefit a private corporation while the rest of us would bear the risks to our rivers, drinking water, climate and local economy. We need Governor Brown and our state agencies to stop this project and help our state transition to clean energy instead,” said Hannah Sohl of Rogue Climate.

 

Under the Clean Water Act, the state of Oregon has the authority to deny permits for projects that could harm clean water. Similar fracked gas pipeline projects across the country have been stalled or stopped completely when these permits are denied by state agencies. In 2010, Oregon DEQ denied this Clean Water Act permit for the Bradwood LNG export terminal and pipeline proposed for the Columbia River. The Bradwood project would have required far less dredging and impacted half as many waterways and wetlands as the Jordan Cove proposal.

 

“Our state has substantial authority to stand up for Oregonians and challenge harmful projects that put our clean water and our communities at risk by denying this Clean Water Act permit,” said Stacey Detwiler of Rogue Riverkeeper.

 

The Pacific Connector pipeline, proposed by a Canadian corporation called Pembina, would cut through at least 485 rivers and streams in Oregon, including the Rogue, Klamath, Umpqua, Coquille, and Coos RiversConstruction of the pipeline will require damming and diverting small streams, harming habitat for fish and increasing pollution. Under large rivers like the Rogue, the company proposes to use drilling technology prone to failure and massive releases of sediment and drilling chemicals. Additionally, the pipeline would require drilling through 12 public drinking water sources and an unknown number of private wells, putting more than 116,000 southern Oregonians’ drinking water at risk from the impacts of pipeline construction and chemical contamination.

 

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Hannah Sohl

Director

Rogue Climate 

541.840.1065

3932 South Pacific Hwy

Medford, OR 97501

 

*Photos below provided by Taylor Tupper- Klamath Tribes News/Public Information Dept.

Klamath Tribal Chairman, Don Gentry, and Tribal Councilman, Perry Chocktoot attend the on-site hand delivery to the DEQ – Department of Environmental Quality. Both provided comment and spoke on behalf of the Klamath Tribes. The Klamath Tribes of Oregon are opposed to the Jordon Cove LNG Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Klamath Chairman Gentry and Klamath Tribal News Manager, Taylor Tupper, hand deliver one of the many boxes of comments, to the DEQ in Medford, OR. Over 42,000 comments Opposing the Pipeline in were delivered August 16, 2018. Comments by Taylor Tupper at the rally: “This Pipeline and all that it represents is NOT for the people, it is NOT for the animals, and it does NOT provide a healthy environment for our future generations.” She added, “It is not right that we are here for the third time fighting against the fossil fuel industry and having to protect our own Constitutional Rights. It is NOT ok that we are here once again reminding our own government about the term “Trust Responsibility” and once again about (Article VI of the Constitution) where it states “Treaties are the supreme law of the land.” Tupper continued by saying, “But here we are. We’re proud to be here with everyone today, and all those who are fighting to protect the future and for those who cannot speak for themselves— like the fish. But, in their own way they are screaming… when they are bashing their heads on the dams, and when they show us their decline in numbers when their water is not clean and clear. There is NO logical way the DEQ, Oregon State, or the Federal Government can tell, “We the People” that impacting and crossing 485 water bodies (including the Klamath Tribes Treaty River- the Klamath) and involving miles of construction in wetlands is good for anyone. Enough is Enough! We are here upholding the true path for clean water and a healthy future. We are asking for nothing that isn’t already promised to the people of this land.” Tupper concluded by saying, “We come here in a good way… but we come with the Spirit of what is Right, and we are here to Fight for those rights. Sepk’ee’c’a- Thank you from the Klamath Tribes. We are honored to be here helping to protect our lands and the future generations, not yet born.”

Congressional Oregon Candidate, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, attended the rally to support eco-system and water protection.
Pictured here with Water Protector and guest speaker, Brook Thompson- Civil Engineering Student Yurok & Karuk Native

Water Protectors standing with Klamath Tribal Art by (Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Asa Wright, and others)- at Rogue Climate offices in Medford, Oregon following the comment delivery. For more information on how you can become a Protector, or to learn more call Rogue Climate here:

For more information on how you can become a Protector, or to learn more call Rogue Climate here:

Hannah Sohl

Director

Rogue Climate 

541.840.1065

3932 South Pacific Hwy

Medford, OR 97501

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