Communities in Oregon and Northern California Prepare to Fight Fracked Gas Pipeline and Terminal for a Third Time

Communities in Oregon and Northern California Prepare to Fight Fracked Gas Pipeline and Terminal for a Third Time

Landowners, Tribes, and community groups are ready to stop the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal terminal for the third time in 12 years, following yesterday’s announcement by Veresen Inc. that it has filed its permit application for the project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The Jordan Cove LNG export project has been rejected twice by FERC – most recently in December 2016. Last year, FERC found that the potential impacts to communities and landowners along the pipeline route were far greater than any benefits the pipeline would generate.

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No LNG - Opponets of Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove Speak Out


Southern Oregon - As a follow up to the announcement made Friday, September 23, 2017 by Veresen on the filing of an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [Reported here - ]. Those against the pipeline speak out.

The Klamath Tribes recently produced a 21-minute video voicing opposition against the pipeline. The video seen here, states, "The pipeline will cross through traditional tribal territories, threatening burial grounds and cultural resources. The Klamath, Yurok, and Karuk Tribes are officially opposed to the LNG pipeline."

The coalition, No LNG. No Pipeline is a banded group of, organizations, landowners, businesses, climate activists, conservationists, and concerned citizens. They have banded together to, according to the website, "keep fracked gas exports out of Oregon."

The No LNG coalition websites states that - "This 233-mile pipeline and fracked gas export project would trample the rights of landowners through use of eminent domain, disturb tribal territories and burial grounds, threaten 400 waterways, put existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and other sectors at risk, drive up energy prices, and create a major new source of climate pollution."

A documentary "36 Inches | Understanding the Jordan Cove Energy Project" shows the impacts to landowners as the pipeline crosses through their property using eminent domain.

"It goes a mile across our land, it cuts our place in half." Stacy, Myrtle Creek, Ore. Stacy continues in the video, "Look how beautiful that is, look at tree behind it, that oak. This is gone, once that pipeline goes in here, none of this will exist anymore."

"There is so many magical, special places, it’s just makes me feel very angry, that the government and that these corporations have the right to come in and take our property. That they have the right to destroy our land when we say no." exclaims Stacy.

"Our people are concerned about the Pacific Connector Pipeline and the impacts to the interests we have." says Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes.

Gentry continues, "One of the significant concerns we pointed out from the start is the potential impact on our village sites and associated burial [sites]. Where the proposed route is will go through an area that is long time historical village area for our people. What we know about the area, is that every time there is ground disturbance in the area, whether it is widening of a highway or other activities. Human remains are often exposed."

Gentry adds, "One way I have thought about this is to relate to... Say you have a piece of property and you know there is a cemetery there with unmarked graves. Just the idea of going through that area not knowing where that cemetery is seems like that would be a concern. That maybe folks can relate to."

A few years ago, when the Klamath River bridge on Highway 97 was expanded, numerous human [tribal] remains were found during the construction process. Although these remains were reburied through a ceremonial process with tribal members, elders and cultural heritage department. It was traumatic to the tribe as they feel connected to their ancestors.

Gentry states, "Though it seems like we should feel distant from our ancestors, we're not...It just frankly, adds to the feeling that we're not as important as other projects or other things. When our human remains are disturbed. There is a since of injustice and that's around all of this project [Pacific Connector Pipeline]."

For more information on the opposition of the Jordan Cove / Pacific Connector Pipeline visit:
• No LNG. No Pipeline -
• Klamath Tribes - 
• Klamath Tribes Opposition Video - 
• 36 Inches Documentary -

*** Klamath Falls News remains neutral to the support or opposition of the Jordan Cove / Pacific Connector Pipeline Project. This article is a follow up to the announcement of Veresen FERC application reported on 9/23/17. ***

Jordan Cove Pipeline Files FERC Application Again


Veresen Announces Filing of FERC Applications for Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

CALGARY, Alberta, September 21, 2017 – Veresen Inc. ("Veresen") (TSX: VSN) is pleased to announce Jordan Cove Energy Project (“Jordan Cove”) and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (“Pacific Connector”) have filed applications with the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") for the construction and operation of a 7.8 million tonne per annum liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon and the related Pacific Connector that will transport natural gas from the Malin Hub in southern Oregon to the LNG export terminal.

"Completing the pre-filing phase and submitting the formal applications to FERC is a major milestone for the projects," said Don Althoff, President and CEO of Veresen. "Our significant efforts to optimize the design to minimize its environmental footprint and accommodate landowner requests, as well as the support of our world-class LNG buyers, should result in the receipt of the positive regulatory decisions required to build Jordan Cove. We look forward to continuing our work with the local community, Tribal leaders and FERC, as well as other federal and state agencies to advance Jordan Cove."

Proposed route of Pacific Connector Pipeline through Southern Oregon.

Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector have conducted open houses to present the project to the public. In addition, FERC held a series of public scoping meetings in June to collect further public input. The application includes the elimination of a 420 MW power plant, reflects more than 50 route adjustments of Pacific Connector and the optimization of multiple water crossings to minimize environmental impacts via trenchless drilling techniques.

The total engineering, procurement and construction cost of both the LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector is approximately US$10 billion, with approximately 90% of U.S. content. Additionally, the project will generate approximately US$60 million in annual property taxes, including US$20 million from Pacific Connector in the counties through which the pipeline traverses. The project will require approximately
6,000 workers during construction and more than 200 new permanent jobs upon commissioning.

Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector are requesting that FERC issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2018, leading to FERC decisions by the end of 2018. This will position the project for a potential final investment decision in 2019 and an in-service date in 2024.

For further information about the Jordan Cove LNG project, please visit

Press release from Jordan Cove LNG

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce

*** Klamath Falls News remains neutral to the support or opposition of the Jordan Cove Project.

*** With this said, not all parties are in agreement with the pipeline. Tomorrow (9/24/17) we will look at the pipeline in the eyes of the Klamath Tribe.