laurie laurie, January 15, 2018
On Thursday, January 11, the statewide coalition opposing the fracked gas Pacific Connector pipeline/Jordan Cove terminal, gathered in Salem at the Capitol to once again vigorously denounce these projects. Twice denied by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), these projects are again under review by the FERC under the Trump administration.  Over 200 people attended, including members of Rogue Climate, tribal allies – Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath, Our Children’s Trust, and 350 Eugene, PDX and Corvallis.
Oil Change International and the Oregon Fracked Gas Resistance (NoLNG Exports) coalition released a groundbreaking report that shows the full climate impacts of the proposed Jordan Cove project from fracking in Colorado, Wyoming, or Canada to burning the gas overseas. This is the first ever “total life cycle of GHG (green house gas) emissions” analysis of the Pacific Connector pipeline and Jordan Cove export project.

According to findings from the Oil Change International report, the LNG project would make it incredibly challenging, if not impossible for the state to meet climate action goals established by Gov. Brown and by the legislature, while providing no energy supply for the state. Gov. Brown has consistently called for strong climate action and even attended the Paris Climate talks in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. “Future generations will judge us not on the fact of global climate change, but on what we do to tackle it,” Brown told the City Club of Portland on June 2.

“We need Governor Brown to stand up for property rights, tribal rights, the environment, and the climate over corporate special interests,” said Hannah Sohl, Director of Rogue Climate. “There is no way to be a climate leader and stay neutral on the Jordan Cove project.”

“The State of Oregon, with Governor Brown as its most powerful officer, has the authority to deny permits, easements, and permissions for the Jordan Cove Project,” said Nicholas Caleb, Staff Attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy. “This project would harm Oregon’s waters, lands, tidelands, and air in ways inconsistent with state law. It would also add enormous and unnecessary risks to a region already suffering from terrible wildfires and preparing for an enormous earthquake and tsunami.”

While Oregon’s only coal fired power plant, located in Boardman, will close in 2020, the Oil Change International analysis of the fracked gas project reveals it would emit 15.4 times MORE GHG than the Boardman coal power plant. LNG (liquid natural gas) is NOT a “clean” bridge fuel, it is just another dirty fossil fuel!
Positioning herself as a climate champion at the recent UN Climate Talks, Governor Brown has yet to denounce what would be the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in her own state. She is in a position to urge state agencies to not issue the necessary permits for these projects.

NOW is the time for all Oregonians to let Governor Brown these projects would be a disaster for our state.

Call Gov. Brown at 503.378.4582  Leave her a message to let her know that we need her to stand up to the proposed Jordan Cove export liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and protect our climate by challenging what is likely to be an inadequate federal review and rubber-stamp from FERC. Find talking points at: http://www.nolngexports.org/altopenhouse/