FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 26, 2020

Contact:
Damon Motz-Storey, damon@oregonpsr.org, 303.913.5634, Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition & Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Community Leaders Applaud Oregon Lawsuit Challenging Jordan Cove LNG Approval

[SALEM, OREGON] — Today, southern Oregon organizations and regional allies sent a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum thanking the state of Oregon for filing a lawsuit challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline backed by Pembina. The letter was signed by 41 community organizations and impacted landowners.

FERC issued its approval of Jordan Cove LNG in March, conditioned on the project qualifying for critical permits from the state of Oregon. Three of those permits have already been denied or withdrawn. Oregon landowners facing threat of eminent domain, a dozen nonprofit organizations, and multiple Tribal governments have also filed lawsuits against FERC on the grounds that their approval of Jordan Cove LNG was flawed.

“We are thrilled that the state of Oregon is challenging FERC’s rubber stamp approval of Jordan Cove LNG,” said Stacey Detwiler of Rogue Riverkeeper. “Oregon knows that this project would irreparably harm our water resources, which is why the state denied the Clean Water Act and Coastal Zone Management Act permits for the project. We thank Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for doing the right thing and defending Oregon’s authority to protect clean water from harmful projects like Jordan Cove LNG.” 

“I am so heartened knowing that Oregon is on our side, pushing back on the federal government’s flawed analysis and approval of this terrible project,” said Stacey McLaughlin, an impacted landowner in Myrtle Creek, OR. “Hearing that Oregon is helping landowners, fishers, and Tribal members keep this pipeline from being built is encouraging after years spent sending detailed comments to multiple state agencies.” 

Organizations who have challenged FERC regarding its conditional approval of Jordan Cove LNG include Rogue Riverkeeper, Rogue Climate, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens for Renewables, Friends of Living Oregon Waters, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Wild, Oregon Women’s Land Trust, and Waterkeeper Alliance, represented by the Sierra Club and Western Environmental Law Center. The groups will argue FERC failed to consider critical information about the proposed facility and that it is not in the public interest. 

“For 15 years communities have been fighting this pipeline and export terminal as different fossil fuel companies have attempted to push it through, threatening our health, environment, and  local economy,” said Hannah Sohl, Director of Rogue Climate. “It’s time for Pembina to pack up and leave Oregon for good.”

The Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline would cut through 230 miles of southern Oregon land in four counties with over 400 waterway crossings. The project is widely opposed by multiple Tribal governments, scores of impacted landowners, crabbers and fishers on the southern Oregon coast, and many others from across the political spectrum throughout the region. The project would quickly become Oregon’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and would require the seizure of private property via eminent domain. After years of pushing for Oregon permits for the project, Jordan Cove LNG has failed to receive multiple necessary state authorizations and closed their southern Oregon offices earlier this year.

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Community Letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum:

June 26, 2020 

RE: Thank You for Challenging FERC Approval of Proposed Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Fracked Gas Pipeline

Dear Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum:

On behalf of the 41 organizations and impacted landowners signed below, thank you for taking legal action to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) conditional approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector Gas pipeline. This project would cause irreparable harm to the environmental, social, and economic wellbeing and safety of southern Oregonians, as demonstrated by the state’s denial of key permits for the project. 

Communities and individuals across Southern Oregon have opposed the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline for more than 15 years. If built, the Jordan Cove LNG project would become the largest single source of climate pollution in the state. It would cut through hundreds of streams and wetlands and cross under the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille, and Coos Rivers. The project would also have devastating impacts to the Coos Bay estuary, the local fishing and crabbing industries that rely on a healthy bay, and would become a major public safety hazard to thousands on the South Coast and to rural people living in Oregon’s wildfire-prone forests.   

The state of Oregon retains all of its strong authority under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act to deny permits for this project, which consistently fails to meet state standards. We will continue to stand with Oregon to defend and uphold the state’s authority to make decisions about impacts to Oregon’s air, lands, and waterways 

During this very challenging time and on behalf of the undersigned organizations, impacted landowners, businesses, and others who have worked tirelessly to defeat this harmful project, thank you for standing up for Oregonians, Tribal resources, public and private lands, wildlife, clean water, and a healthy climate.

Sincerely,

Hannah Sohl
Executive Director
Rogue Climate,
Phoenix, OR

Stacey Detwiler
Conservation Director
Rogue Riverkeeper
Ashland, OR

Cameron LaFollette
Executive Director
Oregon Coast Alliance
Astoria, OR

Susan Jane Brown
Wildlands Program DIrector & Staff Attorney
Western Environmental Law Center
Portland, OR

Dylan Plummer
Grassroots Organizer
Cascadia Wildlands
Eugene, OR

Stacey McLaughlin
Landowner
Myrtle Creek, OR

Samantha Krop
Wild and Working Forests Campaign Manager
Center for Sustainable Economy
Portland, OR

Lenny Dee
President
Onward Oregon
Portland, OR

Dineen O’Rourke
Campaign Manager
350 PDX
Portland, OR

Matt Krogh
US Oil & Gas Campaign Director
Stand.earth
Bellingham, WA

Kyle Smith
Oregon Field Coordinator
Trout Unlimited
Corvallis, OR

Laura Ackerman
Energy Program Director
The Lands Council
Spokane, WA

Collin Rees
Senior Campaigner
Oil Change International
Portland, OR

Kasey Hovik
Executive Director
Umpqua Watersheds
Roseburg, OR

Natalie Ranker
President
Citizens for Renewables, Inc.
Coos Bay

Jan Hodder
Coos Bay, OR

Mike Graybill
Manager South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (retired)
Coos Bay, OR

Larry and Sylvia Mangan
Landowners
North Bend, OR

Damon Motz-Storey
Healthy Climate Program Director
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Portland, OR

Stanley J. Petrowski
President/Director
South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership
Tiller, OR

Ted Glick
Organizer
Beyond Extreme Energy
Washington, DC

Timothy Ingalsbee
Executive Director
Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology (FUSEE)
Eugene, OR

Trevor Kaul
Chapter Director
Oregon Chapter Sierra Club
Portland, OR

Jess Wallach
Campaigns Lead
350 Seattle
Seattle, WA

Phil Carver
Co-Coordinator
350 Salem
Salem, OR

Laura Rogers
Community for Earth, First Unitarian Portland
Portland, OR

Doug Heiken
Conservation and Restoration Coordinator
Oregon Wild
Eugene, OR

Pete Kolbenschlag
Director
Colorado Farm and Food Alliance
Pania, Colorado

Lesandre Holiday
Treasurer
North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates
Paonia, Colorado

Felice Kelly
Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Cascades Volcanoes
Portland, OR

Daniel Serres
Conservation Director
Columbia Riverkeeper
Hood River, OR

Deb Evans
Co-Founder
Hair on Fire Oregon
Ashland, OR

Ron Schaaf and Deb Evans
Landowners, Evans Schaaf Family LLC
Ashland, OR

Stuart Liebowitz
Facilitator
Douglas County Global Warming Commission
Roseburg, OR

Brendan Adamcyzk
C
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UO Student Sustainability Network
Eugene, OR

Courtney Kaltenbach
Director
University of Oregon Climate Justice League
Eugene, OR

Ted Gleichman
Co-Founder
Stop Fracked Gas PDX
Portland, OR

Kate Hudson
Western US Advocacy Coordinator
Waterkeeper Alliance
New York, NY

Maria Farinacci
Co-Director
Coast Range Forest Watch
Coos Bay, OR

Eowyn Soran
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
350 Eugene
Eugene, OR

Dan Wahpepah
Co-Director
Red Earth Descendants
Ashland, OR