There is another pipeline that is trying to wiggle its way throughout the nation. It’s called the LNG Pipeline known as the Jordan Cove Project or the Pacific Coast Pipeline. It is a 229-mile pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Colorado, Wyoming or Canada through Southern Oregon, and sacred ancestral grounds of the Klamath Tribes. This one hits close to home, as I am a Klamath Tribal Member and Water Protector.
The Klamath, Yurok and Kurok Tribes of the area are all against the pipeline. There are unmarked Native burial grounds in the National Klamath Forest where the pipeline is projected to go through, in which the US Government agreed to be a Trustee in 1864 of the best interest of these Tribal Lands and as protected National Forest. The potential of disturbing ancestral remains or artifacts is disresepectful, at best.
This pipeline also threatens the contamination of the pure aquifers and natural gas leaking into clean surface waters of the area is another huge concern. The clean waters of the Pacific Northwest is one of the most notable and precious resources of the area. The ecology of the Klamath River has already been compromised due to 9 dams that were constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Treaties were signed not long ago to deconstruct 5 of these dams in 2020, finally bringing the flow of these waters back to estuaries and *hopefully* the return of the salmon to spawn up north again.
Now, a new threat is in town and it’s name is big oil.
The LNG pipeline would act as an export point for the US, from Malin to the Oregon Coast at Coos Bay. It was originally denied from the Obama Administration, but is now back on the agenda with the new Trump administration. The Canadian Company behind the project, Pembina, has been trying to persuade local communities with the promise of increased short and long term jobs and boosts to the local economy. Are these economic promises worth compromising the clean and sacred waters of the Pacific Northwest?
“When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.” – Cree Prophecy
Thousands have joined the protest efforts to show their disapproval of this pipeline. If installed, the pipeline could emit up to 2.2 Million Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions, making it the largest contributor to GHG in the State. Governor Kate Brown agreed to join the Paris Climate Agreement targets to reduce GHG emissions to 26-28% by 2025. If Kate Brown wants to stay true to her promises, it is in the best interest of the state (and the environment) to say no to this pipeline.
The time to act is NOW, to stop it before it can get any leverage.
So, what can you do about it? Speak up, comments are being taken until Feb. 3, 2019.
Comment on the project
What: Oregon Department of State Lands public meeting, chance to comment on the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project
When: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., when comment signup begins.
Where: Auditorium at the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, 700 Summer St. N.E., Salem
Other ways to comment: Online form at bit.ly/2AIC9OB; email to email@example.com; fax to 503-378-4844; and mail to Jordan Cove comments, Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. N.E. Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301