Protect the Oregon Coast: Stop Jordan Cove!
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) opened a 60-day public comment period on the coastal impacts of the proposed Jordan Cove fracked gas export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. Will you send a comment to tell Oregon to stop Jordan Cove, for once and for all?
The DLCD is conducting a review on whether the Jordan Cove export terminal and fracked gas pipeline are consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program. If DLCD finds the Canadian fossil fuel corporation’s fracked gas export project is not consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, the project cannot move forward.
Your comments are due by Saturday, September 21, and Oregon DLCD must make a decision by October 12, 2019. Use the comment box to get specific -- why do you personally want this project denied?
Talking Points: Why should DLCD object to the Coastal Zone Management Act certification?
The project is NOT consistent with the state of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program.
Pembina has failed to obtain land use permits for the project in Coos Bay.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 State Water Quality Certification in May 2019 because Pembina failed to demonstrate that the project complied with state water quality standards.
How does the Jordan Cove pipeline and terminal impact Oregon’s Coastal Zone?
Jordan Cove LNG would be one of the largest dredging projects in Oregon history, fundamentally altering the tidal currents, cultural resources, and the aquatic resources of the bay necessary to support commercial and recreational crabbing, fishing and shellfish industries.
The LNG export terminal would be constructed in an area at risk for a high magnitude earthquake and Tsunami. The Coos Bay area is located near the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon Coast. Scientists estimate that there is a 40 percent chance of a major earthquake in the Coos Bay region during the next 50 years(1). Over 16,000 people near the terminal would be in a “Hazardous Burn Zone.” The potential health and safety impacts to the LNG Terminal resulting from an earthquake or Tsunami have not been properly assessed.
The project would impact endangered species including marbled murrelets and salmon.
The export terminal and increased fracking would make climate change worse. The The terminal alone would become the largest climate polluter in Oregon by 2020. The Coast of Oregon faces unique challenges as a result of climate change, such as sea Level rise, that Jordan Cove has not analyzed.
Nearly 1,800 temporary residents from outside our local communities will descend on coastal and pipeline route towns during the construction phase. This will impact housing availability in Southern Oregon. Corporate CEOs promise that dozens of jobs will remain after construction, but history has proven that such promises are rarely kept. Temporary worker camps, sometimes referred as “Man Camps”, would be built along the pipeline route and at the terminal location to house out of state temporary workers. Reports show a direct correlation between these encampments and violence against women, especially impacting indigenous communities.
Traditional tribal territories, cultural resources, and burial grounds are threatened by the pipeline. The Klamath, Siletz, Karuk, Yurok, and Tolowa Dee-ni' Tribes have all come out in strong opposition to the pipeline.
Farmer and landowner rights will be trampled. Hundreds of private landowners will be impacted along the pipeline route and many will be threatened with eminent domain if they do not settle for permanent use of their land. The use of eminent domain could have an economic impact on southern Oregon economies.
Farms, fishing, and recreation businesses will suffer as the project impacts waterways nearly 500 times damaging sensitive salmon and steelhead habitat, and hurting existing jobs and businesses.
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
From: [Your Name]
Dear Director Jim Rue,
I strongly oppose the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline project because it will cause irreparable harm to Oregon’s coastal communities, natural resources and local economy, and there is no public need for the project.
The Department should deny the Coastal Zone Management Act Certification for the project because Pembina has failed to demonstrate that it is consistent with the enforceable policies of Oregon’s Coastal Management program.
Jordan Cove LNG would be built in a tsunami hazard zone, threatening the health and safety of thousands of people on the coast. It would be the largest source of climate pollution in a coastal region that is already feeling the impacts of climate change. It would also be one of the largest dredging projects in Oregon’s history - threatening cultural resources, and the local crabbing, fishing, and shellfish industries.
The project conflicts with Oregon's rules for protecting the Coastal Zone. The project is at odds with Statewide Planning Goal 6, "to maintain and improve the quality of air, water, and land resources", and it clashes with Statewide Planning Goal 7 requiring land use planning to reduce risk to people and property from natural hazards, such as floods, wildfires, tsunamis, landslides, and earthquakes. Further, the project is not consistent with local land use regulations. Pembina has failed to obtain many of the local land use permits required for the project. Without demonstrating that it meets Oregon's local land use rules, the project cannot assert that it complies with Oregon's Coastal Zone Management Program.
Finally, the project clearly violates Oregon's Coastal Zone Management Program because it has failed to meet Oregon's clean water standards. In May, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 state water quality certification because the project could harm Oregon's water quality, waterways and wetlands. DEQ's denial provides compelling evidence for why Jordan Cove LNG does not comply with the Coastal Zone Management Act in Oregon.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) should deny the Coastal Zone Management Act Certification for Jordan Cove LNG because the project is not consistent with the enforceable policies of Oregon’s Coastal Management program.