Threat: LNG in southern Oregon
KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper are engaged in the fight against a massive dirty energy project in southern Oregon. The proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal and 235-mile pipeline threaten fish, forests, rivers, and private landowners across four counties.
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In 2005, energy companies — including California-based PG&E — proposed the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal as an import facility in Coos Bay along with the 235-mile Pacific Connector. The plan was to import fossil fuels to Oregon and pipe the gas to California.
Recently, due to changing market conditions including a boom in shale gas development, the Jordan Cove LNG project has announced its intentions are to export domestic natural gas through the proposed terminal and pipeline. The Pacific Connector pipeline, were it constructed, would then ship that gas from Malin out of Coos Bay to our overseas economic competitors and in doing so, raise our gas rates at home.
supplies of natural gas would increase our gas prices at home, all
while harming private landowners, rivers, fish, wildlife and forests in
A coalition of conservationists and fish advocates is challenging the federal approval of this project, as well as a variety of county, state and federal permits required for this project to proceed. The State of Oregon has a lot of power as the authority in granting—or denying—several permits.
Who is behind this project proposal?
Jordan Cove LNG terminal is a project Canadian company, Veresen. The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline is a project of Williams and California-based PG&E Corporation.
Where would the pipeline run?
The 235-mile, 36-inch high pressured gas pipeline would originate at the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal in North Bend, then cross through Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath Counties, ending at Malin, Oregon.
How are public lands impacted?
Approximately 80 miles of the pipeline would cross public land and 150 miles would cross private land. The pipeline would impact 280 acres on the Rogue River National Forest. Of that 104 acres is old-growth. The pipeline would create a linear 90-foot wide clearcut with associated habitat fragmentation.
The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline would cross 379 waterbodies, including the Umpqua, Klamath and Rogue River.
How are private landowners impacted?
Over 300 private landowners are threatened with the use of eminent domain for the pipeline right-of-way. Landowners would likely receive a small one-time payment for the pipeline running across their property, while they would lose access and endure limitations on that right-of-way such as: an inability to plant crops with deep roots, lack of access with heavy equipment, and a clearing of all brush and trees. A majority of impacted landowners are opposed to the project.
Who authorizes this project?
This is a complicated question because there are a lot of permits the company has to acquire at federal, state, and county levels. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has already given Jordan Cove LNG a certificate, however that is being challenged by a coalition of groups and individuals, including the state of Oregon. The state of Oregon will process applications for use of state lands, impacts to waterbodies, and the dredging proposal at Coos Bay.