Dear Governor Brown:
The proposed 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline and the associated Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal is an extremely hazardous fossil fuel project proposed for southern Oregon that would impact approximately 400 waterways including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coos, Coquille, and Klamath Rivers, and would become the largest greenhouse gas polluter in the state by 2020. The proposed project would impact traditional tribal territories and important salmon and oyster fisheries. Hundreds of landowners would face loss of their land via eminent domain, while thousands more face the safety risks of an LNG terminal in an earthquake and tsunami zone in Coos Bay.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the the project in 2016, but the Canadian gas company Pembina reapplied in 2017 under the new Trump administration. Oregon's environmental agencies must deny state permits for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline once and for all to protect our communities from the threat of new fossil fuel exports.
Our communities need a transition to clean energy and greater energy efficiency and the abundant living-wage jobs that come with a renewable energy economy. We urge you to use your state agency authority to prevent the permitting of this human health catastrophe and defend clean air and water for healthy communities in Southern Oregon and beyond.