Stop the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Help us urge Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to stand strong and challenge any override by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce of Oregon’s denial of the Coastal Zone Management Act certification for the Jordan Cove LNG project.
We do not want to let an outside oil company take advantage of our current federal administration to go above the regulatory agencies of the state of Oregon!
A Canada-based company, Pembina, is attempting to force Oregonians to accept a 232-mile pipeline that will stretch across public and privately held lands. The pipeline will carry fracked gas from Canada and the Rocky Mountains to Coos Bay and then shipped overseas from a proposed port terminal at Jordan Cove. The proposed natural gas terminal will have two 160,000 cubic-meter storage tanks and other facilities the would receive natural gas from the pipeline, compress in into a liquid for transport and then pipe it to taker ships for sale abroad. If built, it will be the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, significantly undermining any climate progress being made.
Pembina is attempting to override Oregon state health, safety and environmental regulatory agencies to push this unwanted pipeline through our state!
Below is a brief summary of how Pembina has continued to push for this pipeline in 2020, despite the state of Oregon authorities repeatedly denying it. We thank the staff at Rogue Riverkeeper for their research, information and advocacy against the Jordan Cove pipeline Project, as well as all our collaborative partners. (View their website and information here.)
January - The Oregon Department of State Lands denied Pembina an extension on their required removal-fill permit.
February - The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development denied the Coastal Zone Management Act certification for the project one day before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2 to 1 to deny approval for the project under the Natural Gas Act. This denial came on the condition that the FERC needed more time to review the project.
March - The FERC conditionally approved the Jordan Cove LNG project, pending that it receive approved Clean Water Act and Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) permits. Meanwhile, Pembina, who had already received a denial from Oregon for the CZMA permit, filed with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override this denial.
April - The Klamath Tribes, imapcted landowners, over 25 public interest organizations, and separately the state of Oregon, filed for the FERC to conduct a rehearing of their conditional approval of the project since Pembina had failed to receive the required state environmental approvals. Pembina also filed their own rehearing request to try to override the need for a state water quality certificate for the project.
May - The FERC refused all rehearing requests on the Jordan Cove LNG project.
Right now, the only key permit approval that Pembina has received is the conditional approval from the FERC; however the project has been denied the other state permits that this conditional approval required.
Senator Ron Wyden and Governor Kate Brown are both using their muscle to fight against this pipeline, but they need our help!
We can help fight against Pembina by urging Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to challenge any federal overrides of state denials for Jordan Cove LNG.
Reasons why we must stop this pipeline project:
1) Liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and fracked gas pipelines are highly explosive. For example, in 2014, the Plymouth LNG facility in Washington exploded,
injuring workers and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their
homes. The Jordan Cove terminal would be built in our coastal region
that is vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. The pipeline, full of
high-pressure gas, would pass through an area already at a high risk of wildfires.
2) The energy company is using EMINENT DOMAIN to usurp land from the tribes and landowners. Although eminent domain was established for the "public good" , former FERC decisionmakers determined there was little public good evident for Oregonians. Traditional tribal territories and burial grounds are threatened by both the pipeline route and the export facility. The Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath tribes have all passed resolutions opposing the pipeline.
3) Drilling for the pipeline would occur under the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, and Coquille Rivers. This would affect farms and fishing businesses as it disturbs more than 400 waterways and damages salmon and steelhead habitat.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
From: [Your Name]
I am writing to ask that you stand strong for Oregon’s clean water, climate, and communities by challenging any override by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce of Oregon’s denial of the Coastal Zone Management Act certification for the Jordan Cove LNG project.
In the middle of a global pandemic and as our communities are faced with unprecedented challenges, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally approved certification for the Jordan Cove LNG project on March 19th, 2020. This was followed by an immediate appeal from Pembina to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override the state of Oregon’s denial of the Coastal Zone Management Act certification.
The proposed 229-mile pipeline and terminal in Coos Bay would cut through hundreds of waterways that provide drinking water to more than 116,000 Oregonians, harm Tribal resources and cultural sites, put our public lands at risk, and threaten the private property of Oregonians with eminent domain.
As stated in the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s (DLCD) denial of the permit for the project, “the coastal adverse effects from the project will be significant.” The Jordan Cove LNG project will negatively impact endangered and threatened species, commercial and recreational fishing and boating, as well as commercial shipping and transportation.
The impacts to our coastal areas and our communities are clear. Oregon DLCD made the right decision in determining that the Jordan Cove LNG project is not consistent with state laws and programs to protect our waters and coastal resources.
Please use your authority under state and federal law to challenge any override of the state of Oregon’s denial of the Coastal Zone Management Act certification by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.