Citizens Can Intervene in Jordan Cove Issue
The battle over the proposal to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay's North Spit has entered another round.
On Sept. 21, Veresen, the Canadian company behind the Pacific Connector gas pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal filed their application with the federal government, marking their third attempt to build a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon to ship fracked gas overseas. Oregon Shores works actively to block what would be a dangerous and ecologically damaging development, as part of a broad-based coalition, but individuals can also help stand up to Jordan Cove by filing as an intervenor on the project.
For more than 12 years, Veresen has been pushing for a fracked gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon. This 235 mile pipeline and fracked gas export project would trample the rights of landowners through the use of eminent domain, disturb tribal territories and burial grounds, threaten 400 waterways and create one of the largest sources of climate pollution in the state. The local impacts to the Coos Bay estuary, the North Spit, and the area’s fishing and oyster industries, would be severe.
In 2016, under the Obama administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Veresen’s proposal for the pipeline and LNG export terminal and declared that the project’s impacts to communities outweighed any claim of public benefit. (The decision didn’t come down either way on environmental impacts, since But Veresen is hoping for different results under the Trump administration, which has installed a couple of new, pro-fossil fuels FERC commissioners. The company is counting on the new administration to push federal agencies like FERC and Oregon state agencies to allow this pipeline project to go through.
Citizens can take action to stop the pipeline and LNG export project by filing as an intervenor. Individuals as well as conservation organizations and community groups can intervene to register concerns about the project with FERC. As an intervenor, you will have legal standing to state your case in front of a court if the project is approved and participate in future legal challenges if you choose. Whether you are a landowner along the proposed route, or a concerned resident who loves hiking on the North Spit or in the forests along the route, or a fisherman or business owner who is concerned about impacts to fish and to the estuary, you have a stake in ensuring the LNG terminal and pipeline are rejected.
FERC works quickly and there is a short timeline to intervene. The deadline to file is October 26th, 2017. The good news is that is relatively easy to file. Step-by-step instructions are online here.