Lately it feels like the threats to Oregon’s environment won’t let up. Especially around Coos Bay. First the Elliott State Forest, Oregon’s first state forest and a unique coastal rainforest, was threatened by privatization. Now, a company promoting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, whose project was denied permits twice by the federal government, has decided to try again in the wake of President Trump’s election.
The proposed LNG export terminal would threaten not just the environment of Coos Bay and Jordan Cove, but all who live along the proposed pipeline.
With President Trump dictating policy at the Executive level, it’s now up to us to stop it.
The LNG terminal and pipeline is problematic on so many levels.
- One: the terminal and associated traffic would harm the environment in Coos Bay, which currently is home to crabbing, tourism, and more.
- Two: the company behind the project is threatening landowners with eminent domain if they do not agree with the project.
- Three: the proposed pipeline would cross vulnerable areas of the Rogue River, harming natural salmon habitat.
- Four: the pipeline would cross drinking water sources in the Medford area, harming public health.
- And finally, fossil fuels are simply not a sustainable solution. Shipping the fracked natural gas to Asia would not lower pollution and would actually contribute to global warming.
We believe in a clean energy future for all, which is why we support renewable energy options that decrease pollution and greenhouse gases. A project like the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline and terminal would harm the local environment and the earth as a whole. It is nonsensical to pursue a fossil fuels project like this when we are so close to a Clean Energy future.
Senator Merkley has come out against this project, as have fisherman, farmers, and thousands of people across Oregon.
Now, we’re asking you to submit comments as well.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and US Army Corps opened a 60-day public comment period for a Clean Water Act permit that, if denied, could stop the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.
It’s up to us to use our voices to speak out against this project and stand against the foreign company proposing this project, which wants to use the resources of Oregon for profit instead of for its people.
We’ve started the comment process for you, and you can use our tool to send an email to the agencies, but it’s up to you to speak up for the values you see in Oregon — the values you want to preserve along with the environment.
We only have so much time to make our voices heard, so it’s important you submit a comment now.