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Proposed Pipeline Facing Stiff Resistance

By Andrew Creasey
Herald & News

A proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon has been met with strong resistance from landowners and conservation groups, who are concerned the project will have detrimental effects on the environment and the economy.

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A proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon has been met with strong resistance from landowners and conservation groups, who are concerned the project will have detrimental effects on the environment and the economy.

In Klamath County, the $1.7 billion, 230-mile Pacific Connector project would run northwest from Malin, south of Klamath Falls, before crossing under Dead Indian Memorial Road and exiting the county on a tract of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

In all, the pipeline will run from Malin to Coos Bay, where backers hope to install a $4.5 billion liquefied natural gas terminal to export Canadian gas to Asian customers.

Opponents are concerned the swath of land cleared to make way for the pipeline will harm wildlife habitat, while the gas running through the pipe poses a risk of groundwater contamination.

Robyn Janssen, the clean water campaigner for Rogue Riverkeeper, said, in the long term, the pipeline’s harm outweighs the good.

“When you weigh out sending our resources overseas and not benefiting the communities that will suffer from the construction of this pipeline, as well as the effect on our forest and wildlife, it just doesn’t pan out,” Janssen said.

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