Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Jordan Cove gas export project and Pacific Connector gas pipeline. Local residents wasted no time in light of FERC’s ongoing support for the project, putting Pacific Connector on notice that they refuse to allow the company to take advantage of rural Oregonians and ruin our environment.
Protesters went to the Pacific Connector offices in Medford to highlight the people and places that are threatened by Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector, closing down the office by putting up art and banners at the pipeline office and highlighting the power that Governor Brown has to stop this disastrous project.
“It is totally unacceptable for FERC to continue to approve pipelines and export terminals at the expense of local communities and the climate,” said Deb Evans. “FERC doesn’t care about Oregonians and we are looking to Governor Brown to defend our rural communities, watersheds and our climate from a Canadian energy company.”
The Jordan Cove project and associated Pacific Connector gas pipeline propose to export gas from fracking fields in the US and Canada to markets in Asia. The project proposes to build a 36” pipeline to be filled with volatile gas 230 miles from near Klamath Falls to Coos Bay, as well as a 420 megawatt powerplant and liquefaction and export terminal on the north spit of Coos Bay.
Protesters pointed out that the pipeline route would have lower safety standards in fire prone forests and rural communities, and the proposed pipeline operator has a spotty safety record with facilities and pipelines exploding in recent years causing evacuations of towns and injuring workers. The project would use eminent domain to seize property from hundreds of Oregonians, while clearcutting both public and private forests and damaging salmon streams.
“In southern Oregon we care about clean water for salmon, about a livable climate, and worry about the risks of forest forests,” said Holly Mills. “Wrecking the area we love while taking advantage of rural people does not fly here and we will stand in the way.”