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Charged to regulate the very industry that has authored recent energy policy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is giving energy companies the green light to railroad shortsighted projects so that multi-national corporations make billions while the public suffers the losses.

KS Wild’s Rogue Riverkeeper program is working in a broad coalition with Citizens Against LNG, Friends of Living Oregon Waters, rural landowners and others to stop the Coos Bay Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal that would pump foreign fossil fuels to California via Oregon’s fragile coast and a 235-mile pipeline across southwest Oregon. In 2007, FERC released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and issued the Final EIS in May 2009. Both documents were ridiculously flawed and inadequate, placing public resources, private properties, community safety and national security at risk. Nevertheless, FERC issued approval of the project on December 17, 2009.


Along with many others, KS Wild submitted comments on the Draft and Final EIS. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski submitted a letter to FERC, along with comments from the Department of Environmental Quality, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other state and federal agencies, many of which requested a Supplemental EIS due to the document's pervasive insufficiencies. The Governor criticized FERC for not properly analyzing the need for the project or its environmental and public safety impacts. He noted that many conclusions were founded on unenforceable promises, not sound science.

“Based on my review of the evidence, I believe that there are reasonable alternatives that would more efficiently, more reliably, and in an environmentally preferable manner meet the projected energy needs of the markets that the Jordan Cove Project is intended to serve. I am also concerned about specific characteristics of the Jordan Cove Project. Therefore, I conclude that the Jordan Cove Project is not in the public interest, and I respectfully dissent from today’s order.”

- FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff in a dissenting opinion on the 12/17/09 approval of the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG project.

In addition to the project's significant environmental impacts on Coos Bay, water quality and struggling salmon populations in the Coos, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath Basins, the larger issue is our lack of an unassailable, progressive energy policy. FERC is proceeding with numerous projects in isolation without a comprehensive analysis of America’s energy needs, climate change or the impacts of the global market (due to high global demand, the world price of LNG is now almost three times that of U.S. domestic natural gas). Further investment in fossil fuel infrastructure undercuts an emerging green economy by diverting funds away from renewable development, while keeping America reliant on exporters like Russia and the Middle East. Our coalition remains vigilant in stopping this proposal, and we look forward to a new, visionary energy policy that will put these types of dinosaur projects to rest. 


FERC approved the project, thereby ignoring the fact that scores of interests, including the state of Oregon, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, fishing interests and private citizens have thoroughly documented the insufficient analysis of social, economic, security and environmental impacts.

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Changing Forest Plans to Allow Pipeline

The Pacific Connector pipeline would cross the Umpqua, Rogue River and Winema National Forests and in doing so, would degrade forest habitat for endangered species and riparian reserves. The Forest Plans for all three National Forests currently do not allow such harm to our public resources for pipeline construction. Therefore, the Forest Service has begun a process to amend their Forest Plans to allow the gas pipeline. We are engaged in the process for Forest Service plan amendments. We expect a Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Forests Service in early 2010 and scoping for BLM plan amendments in early 2010.

Harming Oregon's Water Quality and Beneficial Uses

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Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector have to apply for Clean Water Act permits, including an Army Corps 404 and an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 401 permit to ensure that the project will comply with Oregon's water quality standards and not harm the beneficial uses for which our public waters are designated. Public comments were due December 27, 2009 for the 404/401 permits. In a similar vein as the FERC process, Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector failed to prove in their 401/404 applications that this project would not not harm water quality.

Using our Power to Stop LNG

Rogue Riverkeeper, KS Wild and our allies are being represented by the Western Environmental Law Center and we remain committed to legally challenging the dangerous Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG project. In January 2010, our coalition filed a petition for re-hearing on FERC's approval. The state of Oregon and NOAA NMFS also files petitions. We await FERC's response.

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