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Urge State of Oregon to Turn Down Pipeline Through Our Wetlands and Waterways

Department of State Lands has authority to protect fishing and recreation from Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector gas export project.

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clean water gas exportIf permits – currently being considered by the Oregon Department of State Lands – are approved as part of the the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector project, a 230-mile 36” pipeline would be constructed across the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille and Coos watersheds to export fracked gas overseas. The installation of this pipeline would scar our watersheds by digging trenches straight across hundreds of waterways, damaging hundreds of acres of important wetlands, and resulting in millions of cubic yards of material being scooped up from the sensitive Coos Bay estuary. Locally the route would threaten salmon habitat in the Rogue itself, as well as in important feeder streams.

To make matters worse, the Department has elected to hold only two public hearings; one in Coos Bay and one in Medford. This is a slap in the face for residents from Klamath and Douglas counties. Even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – infamous for its disregard for the public – held public hearings in all four counties.

The Department has the clear authority to deny permits for activities – like building an unprecedentedly large fossil fuel export project – that would interfere with public use of our waterways for things like recreation. It has the same authority to deny permits if the project proves inconsistent with the conservation of the waterways.

Take Action: Click here to write a letter to the Department of State Lands today! Urge them to use their authority to protect important salmon habitat in Rogue River from fossil fuel infrastructure by denying these permits.

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