Klamath Riverkeeper launched an online petition today to urge decision-makers to block approval for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project that includes a 230-mile fracked gas pipeline that would cross under the Klamath River. The project would the construction of the West Coast’s first export facility for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and would make more than 400 stream crossings along its route.
The petition comes on the heels of Klamath Riverkeeper staff members joining activists from the Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk Tribes when they hung a large banner that read, “No LNG, No Klamath Pipeline” on the Weitchpec bridge. The action marked a new commitment from the Klamath community to do everything in their power to prevent the pipeline and gas export terminal from being built.
Jordan Cove poses a serious threat to the Klamath River and the people who depend on it because the pipeline would harm water quality with construction operations and impair the eventual recovery of native salmon to the Upper Klamath Basin. In addition, the pipeline would cross under the Umpqua, Rogue, and Coos Rivers and create a 100-foot wide clearing along its entire route; through private property, old growth forests and prized farmland.
The Jordan Cove project has been in the works for years but it took a leap forward last month when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its Final Environmental Impact Statement and recommended the project move forward. Now state agencies must weigh in to the decision, and by so doing could seal the fate for the health and safety of the Klamath River and its communities.
Please sign the petition to Block the Klamath LNG Pipeline and then share with friends and family who care about the future of the Klamath!