FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019

CONTACT: Allie Rosenbluth, allie@rogueclimate.org, 541-816-2240

SOUTHERN OREGONIANS APPLAUD CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO FOR OPPOSING JORDAN COVE LNG PROJECT

[Coos Bay, OR] – In a statement made Friday afternoon, Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-4, Coos Bay, Roseburg, Eugene, Corvallis) said he does not support the Jordan Cove LNG project, because “the federal approval process is run by unelected political appointees, the project tramples on private property rights, and it will exacerbate the urgent and immediate threat of climate change.” DeFazio, whose district would be impacted by the project’s fracked gas export terminal and 229-mile-long pipeline, had previously said in 2017 that Jordan Cove LNG “looks like a great project.” 

Representative Defazio’s statement comes after years of pressure from impacted landowners, coastal fishermen, conservation groups, youth, and more and only a few months before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is scheduled to make a decision about Jordan Cove LNG this February.

Constituents in Coos County and Douglas County applauded DeFazio’s decision to oppose Jordan Cove LNG after years of pressure and encouraged other elected officials to follow suit. 

“I’m glad to see DeFazio is listening to landowners along the pipeline route and has taken a public position against the use of eminent domain for this private pipeline project,” said Cynthia Garrett, impacted landowner in Myrtle Point.  “After 15 years of uncertainty, FERC needs to also listen to our concerns and deny this project for a third and final time so I can move forward with the plans for my cattle ranch and let go of the stress of this whole ordeal.”

“By opposing the Jordan Cove LNG project, Representative DeFazio is making it clear that climate leadership means standing up to risky fossil fuel projects that threaten the lives, health, and security of all Oregonians,” said Jacob Lebel in Douglas County, a youth plaintiff in the landmark climate case Juliana v. United States.  “I am very grateful that DeFazio is standing with my generation on this issue and I hope his action will inspire leaders like Governor Kate Brown and Senator Wyden to stop this disaster of a project.”

“For years, communities across Oregon have been asking Representative Defazio to stand with us in opposing the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline,” said Ashley Audycki, Rogue Climate’s Coos Bay Organizer. “We are thrilled that he has joined Oregonians in opposing this project and moving forward solutions that create jobs in renewable energy instead. Now we are looking to Governor Brown and Senator Wyden to show the same leadership”

DeFazio joins U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, State Representative Pam Marsh, State Senator Jeff Golden, State Senator Michael Dembrow, State Senator James I. Manning, Jr., and State Representative Tawna Sanchez in opposing Jordan Cove LNG, which would disrupt private property, tribal territories and cultural resources, old growth forests, hundreds of waterways, and become the largest source of climate pollution in Oregon. The project is opposed by the Klamath, Yurok, Karuk, Hoopa, Tolowa Dee-ni’, and Siletz tribes along with a massive coalition of southern Oregonians who submitted tens of thousands of comments in 2019 to state and federal agencies that will be making decisions early 2020. 

Last month over 750 people gathered at the Oregon State Capitol to demand Oregon Governor Kate Brown oppose the Jordan Cove LNG project. The Governor has remained neutral on the project. 

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Power Past Fracked Gas is a growing coalition of Pacific Northwest health, environmental, faith, and community groups that believe in the power of clean energy and the value of clean water. We oppose new fracked gas infrastructure that locks our region into decades of continued reliance on dirty energy and harmful projects.