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Oregonians Rally Along the Rogue River and Statewide Opposing Gas Export

Shady Cove, Coos Bay and Warrenton Rally Around Safety, Salmon, Property Rights and Climate

Shady Cove, Coos Bay and Warrenton Rally Around Safety, Salmon, Property Rights and Climate

Apr 19, 2014


Bob Barker, Landowner 530-306-6694
Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541-261-2030
Stuart Warren, Rogue Climate. 541-324-1009
Dan Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper 503-890-2441 

Shady Cove, OR — In conjunction with other communities that would be affected by gas export proposals, locals are rallying today along the banks of the Rogue River in support of clean water, public lands, property rights, safe communities and a livable climate. Concerned locals are demonstrating this morning in Shady Cove at the site where a proposed gas pipeline would cross under the Rogue River. This rally is part of a statewide effort, with rallies also happening today in Coos Bay and Warrenton, two other communities that would be affected by liquefied natural gas export proposals.

The 36” Pacific Connector pipeline is proposed to clear a 230-mile long, 95-foot wide swath from Malin near Klamath Falls to Coos Bay to carry fracked gas from the interior west and Canada to the proposed Jordan Cove export terminal on the north spit of Coos Bay, where it would be super-cooled to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and placed in large tankers for shipment overseas. The proposed route would pass through Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos Counties, and would impact nearly 400 streams and rivers, including the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille and Coos Rivers and numerous tributary streams like Trail Creek and Little Butte Creek here locally.

“We are very concerned about the impacts that the massive Jordan Cove Pacific Connector project would have on streams that Rogue River salmon depend on,” said Forrest English of Rogue Riverkeeper. “We’re here today in conjunction with folks around the state to send a message that Oregonians are proud of where we call home, we don’t want to see our state trashed for the benefit of foreign fossil fuel companies.”

The proposed route would cross 80 miles of public forestland, as well as 150 miles of private property owned by over 300 different individuals and businesses that could be seized by the gas company using eminent domain.

 “Our land should not be taken against our will for a project that could jeopardize public safety,” said Bob Barker, a Shady Cove retiree and Vietnam veteran whose property would be cleared for pipeline construction. “How does the public benefit by taking land from 300 private property owners to make huge profits for a Canadian Company?”

The Jordan Cove facility would also be a significant source of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, pouring 40 million tons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere when including emissions from the power plant, leakage from drilling sites and the burning of the gas at the final destinations in Asia.

“This project will make dramatic swings in our climate even worse,” said Stuart Warren of Rogue Climate. “Instead of backward steps like this, we need to create jobs making our homes and businesses more energy efficient and speeding up our transition to cleaner energy sources like solar power.” 

The Jordan Cove Pacific Connector project is not the only pending proposal to export gas through Oregon. The Oregon LNG project seeks to place an export terminal in Warrenton on the Columbia River. Currently there is not a single LNG terminal on the west coast of the United States. Recent pipeline explosions, particularly one at a Williams facility on the Columbia have brought safety questions to the forefront, particularly for Coos Bay and Warrenton. Williams is also the company that would build the Pacific Connector Pipeline.

“Whether it’s in Shady Cove on the Rogue River, Coos Bay on the coast or Warrenton along the Columbia, all of these communities are in the path of current proposals to build pipelines, powerplants and export terminals to ship fracked gas overseas,” said Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper. “California and Washington have both said no to these dangerous facilities for decades, why should Oregon shoulder all of the risks for the gain of private corporations?”


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