About the fracked gas export pipeline.
NEW! JANUARY 11 2018: our friends at Rogue Climate in partnership with priceofoil.org just released this report documenting the specific climate impacts of the pipeline and export terminal
Since the beginning we have been focused on opposing the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG Export facility project, which would be the first export terminal for liquefied natural gas extracted through hydraulic fracking in the Rocky Mountain West and Alberta, Canada. The Pacific Connector pipeline would run 232 miles through Oregon–crossing 400+ waterways, traditional tribal burial sites, and creating a 100+ foot clear cut through old growth forests and more than 600 private properties–on its way to Coos Bay, OR. There, a new liquefication plant would be built to export the gas overseas, in the process becoming the largest source of climate pollution in the state of Oregon by 2020. In addition to local impacts, this pipeline would support increased shale gas fracking in the Mountain West. Exporting this gas to fossil fuel markets in Asia would further lock us into the disastrous impacts of fracking in the communities where it takes place.
Southern Oregon Rising Tide is focused on organizing direct action to escalate the fight against this particular fossil fuel infrastructure project and to connect this specific fight to the larger movement to directly confront the root causes of the climate crisis.
We’re part of a vibrant movement across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest that’s fighting fossil fuel export proposals in our region and our communities. The fossil fuel industry hopes to turn our region into an export hub, proposing 26 new facilities to export coal, oil and gas overseas. Our mountains and coast are a chokepoint for fossil fuel imports and exports, and living here we have both a unique opportunity and obligation to confront the fossil fuel industry.
We recognize that the impacts of the climate crisis & extreme energy disproportionately impact indigenous peoples, communities of color, and low-income communities—those least responsible for causing the problem and the first to be hit by the impacts. In particular, indigenous communities here face serious and disproportionate threats to cultural sites and lands, traditional foods, water rights, and more from the climate crisis and the LNG pipeline. Whether from droughts that threaten traditional foods for indigenous communities, wildfire smoke that hospitalizes people, or heat waves that cause children to get serious burns from playground equipment and that have literally killed people, our communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change.
Frontline communities must be the leaders in fighting climate change, and ultimately, living through it.