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Natural Gas Export Project Costs Ratepayers, Harms Land and Streams

Now that the project proponents admit the development would be used to export domestic natural gas that has been extracted through “fracking” in the Rocky Mountains, our local issue has become national, and we need to stand strong to protect regional interests from blind corporate profiteering.

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The proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG terminal would clearcut a 235-mile swath through southwest Oregon, including more than 80 miles of public land. The local impacts of this project—including razing old-growth forests, fragmenting wildlife habitat, and threatening damage to hundreds of streams that serve as critical habitat for salmon, including the Rogue River—would be disastrous.

Now that the project proponents admit the development would be used to export domestic natural gas that has been extracted through “fracking” in the Rocky Mountains, our local issue has become national, and we need to stand strong to protect regional interests from blind corporate profiteering.

Exporting domestic natural gas would increase gas rates for U.S. industrial and household consumers. If the U.S. becomes an exporter of domestic sources of natural gas, we will compete in the global market for resources that would be cheaper if used domestically. According to a recent study published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, if all the facilities currently proposed for export were approved, domestic natural gas rates would increase by 54%. Every residential ratepayer, industrial facility, and manufacturer in the country stands to see their fuel rates doubled in order to support fossil fuel industry profits.  

Exporting domestic natural gas would increase fracking. Fracking threatens communities across the nation with undisclosed toxins in their groundwater. Increasing the demand for natural gas by selling domestic resources overseas will only drive demand to expand the use of this horrible, resource-intensive extraction method.

Exporting domestic natural gas would harm Oregonians. The Pacific Connector pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG project would use eminent domain to force pipeline construction and permanent access across hundreds of private properties, drill under or cross nearly 400 waterbodies, and adversely impact the critical habitats of 29 species listed on the Endangered Species Act. Unless you are a fossil fuel industry executive, LNG export is clearly a bad idea.

Please take action today and send a message to the U.S. Senate that exporting natural gas harms our environment, safety, gas rates, property rights and takes us further away from a chance of energy independence!