Sit in Happening Now at Department of State Lands Demanding an End to Gas Pipeline

IMG_6385People are now staging a sit in at the Oregon Department of State Lands demanding an end to the Pacific Connector gas pipeline proposal. They are refusing to leave unless the Department denies permits for the proposed Pacific Connector gas pipeline.

“ALL conversation around this project should have ended almost a year ago when the Feds denied it, says Sarah Westover. “Oregon political leaders need to stand up with us and stop giving out-of-state corporations special treatment with continued extensions. Enough is enough. Permits for the project can and should be denied now.”

For over ten years people in Oregon and indigenous people have been fighting the Canadian gas company Veresen and their evil scheme for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. So many rallies, so many hearings, so many demands for meetings, so many bureaucratic processes. Instead of denying permits, the Oregon Department of State Lands just delayed their decision for another nine months. We’re over it.

Today we held an action against the continued preferential treatment of the project’s Canadian proponent by the State of Oregon, and in solidarity with water protectors in North Dakota. People held a vibrant rally in support of the tribal representatives who entered the Capitol to demand a meeting with Governor Kate Brown. The indigenous people from the Klamath River asked her to follow through on her promises to the people of the Klamath and take action against the LNG pipeline that threatens their ancestral territories.

”Now is the time to say no. No to pipelines, no to fracking and no to international exportation of our natural resources,” says Molli Myers, Karuk Tribal Member.

Next, the crowd marched to the Department of State Lands (DSL) where they gathered around a tripod outfitted to look like a fracking rig and decked with banners. Inside people then engaged in a sit-in at DSL, refusing to leave until until the department makes a decision denying the pipeline.

Background:

Canadian gas company Veresen’s Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Pipeline have proposed a 230-mile long 36” pipeline through rural southern Oregon and occupied native lands to carry fracked gas to Coos Bay for super cooling into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export overseas. The pipeline would cross hundreds of salmon bearing waterways in the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua and Coos River watersheds, as well as a sensitive estuary in Coos Bay, and historically important tribal sites. A new power plant proposed on the north spit of Coos Bay and the export terminal would become the largest source of climate pollution in Oregon. Opponents are rightfully pissed off about impacts to watersheds, harming tribal cultural resources and territory, the use of eminent domain against private landowners, expanded fracking in the interior west, and the acceleration of climate change.

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