Southern Oregon landowners and allies declare eminent domain over Williams Company regional office in Eugene, demand halt to LNG Pipeline Project

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Southern Oregon community members impacted by the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export project demonstrated at the Eugene regional office of Williams Company, the Oklahoma-based corporation that would build the pipeline for the project. Landowners and allies declared “people’s eminent domain” on Williams, setting up a mock pipeline easement on the company property, “notifying the company that in the interest of the public good, they are denied the right to continue harming rural communities with their dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure projects.”

After 10 years of setbacks and permit denials against the project, affected landowners and community members express exhaustion by the stalling of their elected leaders, and continued refusal by the corporate backers of the project to listen to community concerns.

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“FERC [the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision] has denied permits for this project, for good reason. Why do will still have to live our lives under the threat of eminent domain and this pipeline?” says Francis Eatherington, a Douglas County resident whose property would be crossed by the pipeline. “Williams still doesn’t have any answers as to how they would protect our homes in the case of an accident. It’s time for them to abandon this project and let us get on with our lives.”

“I cannot begin to describe the torment and angst associated with the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and the threat of eminent domain against my home” says Stacey McLaughlin, another affected Douglas County landowner participating in the action at the company office. “Williams is a predator company and they are feeding off of rural Oregonians just to fill their greedy pockets; they need to take notice that we will do whatever it takes to protect our home.”

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Opponents of the pipeline pointed out that Williams has a track record of deadly accidents at facilities across the country, including an explosion at a Louisiana plant in October 2015 that killed three workers.

“This pipeline would have lower safety standards because it crosses rural areas,” says Grace Warner of Southern Oregon Rising Tide. “Our communities should not have to handle of the burden of this company’s accidents.”

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