FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 26, 2020
Damon Motz-Storey, email@example.com, 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 Three of those permits have already been denied or withdrawn.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.
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.
Oregon Coast Alliance
Susan Jane Brown
Wildlands Program DIrector & Staff Attorney
Western Environmental Law Center
Myrtle Creek, OR
Wild and Working Forests Campaign Manager
Center for Sustainable Economy
US Oil & Gas Campaign Director
Oregon Field Coordinator
Energy Program Director
The Lands Council
Oil Change International
Citizens for Renewables, Inc.
Coos Bay, OR
Manager South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (retired)
Coos Bay, OR
Larry and Sylvia Mangan
North Bend, OR
Healthy Climate Program Director
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Stanley J. Petrowski
South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership
Beyond Extreme Energy
Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology (FUSEE)
Oregon Chapter Sierra Club
Community for Earth, First Unitarian Portland
Conservation and Restoration Coordinator
Colorado Farm and Food Alliance
North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates
Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Cascades Volcanoes
Hood River, OR
Hair on Fire Oregon
Ron Schaaf and Deb Evans
Landowners, Evans Schaaf Family LLC
Douglas County Global Warming Commission
UO Student Sustainability Network
University of Oregon Climate Justice League
Stop Fracked Gas PDX
Western US Advocacy Coordinator
New York, NY
Coast Range Forest Watch
Coos Bay, OR
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Red Earth Descendants