A public comment period for a proposed export pipeline that would connect Rocky Mountain fracked gas with new markets in Asia would cross the Klamath River near Klamath Falls, Oregon has just closed. Thanks to all of you who took time to send an email to decision-makers to let the know that this project will both harm water quality and salmon habitat, and clearly does not serve the public’s best interest.
The Jordan Cove Terminal Pacific Connector Pipeline would bury 232 miles of new pipe across Southern Oregon, make more than 400 stream crossings and could have tragic impacts on salmon in the Rogue and Umpqua rivers. The massive construction project would clear a 100-foot wide path along the entire pipeline route, removing important streamside forests including old growth and areas previously protected for endangered species.
At it’s end at the Pacific Ocean in Coos Bay, Oregon, the proposed pipeline would meet a new Export Terminal and LNG liquefaction plant, creating the largest climate emission source in Oregon and irreversibly damage sensitive marine ecosystems.
Klamath Riverkeeper stands opposed to any new pipelines that could accelerate water-destroying fracking operations and global climate change. More specifically for our work protecting and restoring the Klamath, we are concerned about the drilling of a giant ditch into the Klamath River and laying a dangerous gas 36″ pipeline in it. We know that with the new connector pipeline in place, which would complete a network of gas export infrastructure spanning from Southern California to Canada, gas companies would have incentive to develop even more fracking operations, and wreak havoc on precious aquifers across the west.
We know that our members and supporters care about impacts to water, fish and our communities. For this reason we want to be sure you have an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.
Right now, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is evaluating whether the permit application complies with the Clean Water Act. If the agency denies this permit, the project could be stopped in its tracks!