Campaign History of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Project
Background history of the campaign to stop the Jordan Cove LNG Export Project.
The Jordan Cove LNG Export project is a proposal to export up to one billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from Coos Bay fed by a 232-mile, 36 inch pipeline that would run through southern Oregon. The Pacific Connector pipeline that Jordan Cove wants to build to supply this terminal with would transport 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day from Klamath Falls to Coos Bay, using gas supplied primarily from Canada and the interior west. This new pipeline would cross 232 miles of public and private land, creating a 95-foot permanent clearcut and crossing 400 streams and rivers including the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille and Coos Rivers.
Who is behind this project proposal?
A Canadian energy company called Veresen.
Where would the pipeline run?
The 232-mile, 36-inch high pressured gas pipeline would originate at the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay/North Bend, then cross through private and public land in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath Counties, ending at Malin, Oregon.
How are water resources and salmon impacted?
One of the principal threats presented by these proposed facilities is to wild salmon, an integral part of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural, ecological and economic fabric. The proposed pipeline would cross 400 bodies of water in the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds. These crossings would require extensive riparian cutting that would increase water temperatures in streams that already violate temperature standards for salmon and other cold-water fish. In smaller streams to be crossed by the pipeline, an open wet cut would be required, severely impacting the biotic community of waterways and threatening spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead.
How are endangered species impacted?
The project would impact twenty-nine federally endangered or threatened species, including Coho salmon, marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, six species of whale and four species sea turtle. Extensive dredging for terminal construction in the Coos Bay estuary would have an enormous impact on sensitive estuarine habitats and marine species: the amount of material that would be dredged out of the estuary would fill the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena nearly 14 times.
How are public lands impacted?
Approximately 80 miles of the pipeline would cross public land on the Rogue River/Siskiyou, Umpqua and Winema/Fremont National Forests as well as the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The pipeline would create a linear 95-foot wide clearcut, and in doing so, would degrade and fragment forest habitat for endangered species, increase erosion, cut forests in old-growth reserves, riparian reserves and open up a highway for invasive species and ORV use.
The Forest Plans for all three National Forests and the BLM currently do not allow such harm to our public resources for pipeline construction. As a result, the Forest Service and BLM have begun a process to amend their Forest Plans to allow for pipeline development. We are engaged in the process for Forest Service and BLM plan amendments.
How are private landowners impacted?
Approximately 150 miles of the 232-mile pipeline would be on private property. Over 600 landowners on or adjacent to the pipeline route will be impacted and potentially 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 companies have to acquire at federal, state, and county levels. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gives the approval or denial on the Federal level. The state of Oregon will process applications for use of state lands, impacts to water bodies, and the dredging proposal at Coos Bay. The U.S. Forest Service, BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries all have a role to play in granting, or denying, permits.
How does this project fit into our national energy policy?
Why is Rogue Riverkeeper involved?
Rogue Riverkeeper got involved in fighting the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG proposal because of the project’s potential impacts on water quality, salmon and public forests in the Rogue Basin. Home to old-growth cathedral forests, rushing whitewater rivers and those iconic salmon, southwest Oregon is one of the last truly wild places left on the West Coast. The Rogue Basin has the second largest wild salmon runs in Oregon only after the Columbia River, and its temperate forests are among the most biologically diverse in the world. Rogue Riverkeeper is working with individuals and organizations throughout the project area and western Oregon to protect our public resources from this ill-conceived project and help steer our national energy policy in a better direction.
For more specific information on the impacts to the Rogue Basin, take a look at this PDF.
Together, We will stop Jordan Cove!December of 2016, Rogue Riverkeeper and allies, celebrated the FERC's decision to uphold their March denial of the Jordan Cove project based in the impacts it would have on landowners. Meanwhile, the voracious energy companies, empowered by the new administration's support of extractive fossil fuel projects, continue to pursue this project, ignoring and masking its serious impacts. Rogue Riverkeeper is determined to stop this project and will continue the fight to safeguard ou rivers and salmon and help Oregon realize a renewable energy future.