THE LONG AND TWISTED TALE OF JORDAN COVE
For fifteen years people across Southern Oregon have been fighting a proposed Liquid Natural Gas terminal in Coos Bay and its companion 36″ pipeline that would transport fracked gas across four counties in Southern Oregon. The 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline would cross more over 400 rivers and streams on its way to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal at the Port of Coos Bay. This massive export terminal would transform a still functioning estuarine ecosystem into an industrial-scale port, threatening the rich and diverse habitat of the bay, upon which wildlife and fisherman are dependent. The pipeline poses a significant threat to indigenous sovereignty and tribal treaty rights, human health, and planetary survival. Cultural resources, traditional tribal territories and burial grounds are threatened by both the pipeline route and the LNG export facility, along with waters and wildlife of current, historical, and spiritual importance to the Tribes. Nearly 500 landowners, whose property would be traversed by the pipeline route, are also threatened. The Canadian company, Pembina, who now owns the Jordan Cove project, is offering to pay landowners along the route for easements so that they can build the pipeline. If landowners refuse to sell, the company is threatening to seize their land through eminent domain.
Twice the Jordan Cove Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline seemed to be dead, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied their permit. But twice Jordan Cove reapplied with a new application and the second time, right after Donald Trump was inaugurated, FERC went ahead allowed the permitting process to proceed. Since the Trump administration is making Jordan Cove’s construction one of their highest priorities, it is doubtful that this project will be denied by FERC. Now it is up to Oregon’s state regulatory process and local jurisdictions to deny the necessary state and local permits, that could stop Jordan Cove once and for all.
Our friends at Southern Oregon Rising Tide have just released ‘What’s at
Stake: Mapping Jordan Cove & Pacific Connector’, a StoryMap about the
pipeline combining GIS data, pictures and data from our scouting trips,
and more to tell the story of what’s at stake on the ground where the
pipeline is proposed to run. Here’s a vivid tour of what the consequences of building the Pacific Connector Pipeline will be. Check it out here: http://arcg.is/01H1yW
On November 21, 2019 hundreds of opponents of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline held a rally at the Oregon State Capitol to call on Governor Brown to come out publicly against this project. After the rally hundreds of folks poured into the Capitol rotunda singing “We Have Got the Power.” While they sang, 85 impacted landowners, tribal members and their supporters staged a sit-in at the Governor’s office refusing to leave until Governor Brown agreed to their demand to stop Jordan Cove. She did speak by phone to the protesters and eventually spent 10 minutes answering questions in person, but she refused to take a stand. After more than nine hours 21 protesters were arrested.
Learn more about the work of the groups on the frontlines of the Pacific Northwest’s struggle against fracked gas: