No Pacific Connector Pipeline or Jordan Cove LNG Terminal


The Jordan Cove Project is back from the dead and on a fast track. 

After an abreviated pre-filing period, the project permit applications were officially filed on September 21, 2017. Scoping Comments can be submitted on FERC's online system here under the docket numbers # CP17-494 (the pipeline) and # CP17-495 (the LNG terminal). Also, the Army Corps of Engineers has started review of the massive dredging project in Coos Bay that would be needed to accomodate the massive LNG tankers, and are accepting comments through October 3. 

When natural gas is shipped overseas, it is compressed by liquefying it, thus the term Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG. This pipeline would clearcut a swath 100' to 150' wide for 230 miles through Oregon’s forests, beginning near Klamath Falls and ending at the Jordan Cove LNG export facility in Coos Bay. There, the natural gas would liquified in a huge facility to be built on the north spit of Coos Bay, then exported on massive LNG tankers to Asia from a new deep water port facility.

Natural gas pipelines and LNG facilities a notoriously dangerous, exploding into balls of fire with unnerving regularity. The new facilities are proposed right in the populated area of Coos Bay/ North Bend, the earthquake subduction and tsunami zone, and directly in the path of the regional airport’s runway. The pipeline would come from the east through the bay, under highway 101, crossing hundreds of rivers and streams, as well as dozens of private farms and homes.

To do this, the pipeline company has to convince our government that the scheme is in the "public interest" so they can get the right to condemn property owned by Oregon families through eminent domain. Last time around, FERC was required to produce an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze and disclose the environmental impacts of the project. Veresen produced the  “Purpose and Need” report for this project[2], claiming that “fracking” (a gas extraction method) is so productive, they have saturated the domestic market, and if they are to continue to frack, they must be allowed to export.

FERC didn't buy that claim then, finding that the company failed to produce even one customer for its product. FERC's March 2016 decision found that the company had not demonstrated sufficient public markets for its demand to justify the impacts to private landowners along the popeline route. 

And then, Donald Trump got elected. His administration quickly announced Jordan Cove as one of the Obama-era good decision they intended to un-do. Excited by the post-fact era, the Jordan Cove Energy Project is busily trying to erase history and force through a project approval.

Cascadia and our many allies are determined to make sure that doesn't happen. 

For more information on the overall project, click here.

For more information specifically on:

The Pipeline
The Terminal
Global Warming Issues
Environmental Issues
Economic Issues

Download a one-page Jordan Cove fact sheet.

Download the fact sheet Climate Impacts of Natural Gas and Exporting.

Other actions you can take:

To tell Oregon's Governor what you think, click here

Write to the federal government or your local governments. Talking points here.

We are disappointed that Senator Ron Wyden "applauds" this project. (Write him a letter about that by clicking here).

(Rally at the state capitol. Photo by Cascadia Wildlands.)


[1] Jordan Cove Resource Report 1, March 2012. Appendix B.1 Navigant Study page 3. “Jordan Cove is supplied 70 percent by Canadian gas”…









[2] Jordan Cove Resource Report 1, March 2012. Page 1-4. “LNG exports, including those from the proposed Project, should be seen as instrumental in providing the increased demand to spur exploration and development of gas shale assets in North America for the long-term benefit of the country and others”.

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