Harmful and Costly LNG Export Proposed for Oregon

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opens paltry 30 day comment period to identify major impacts of Southern Oregon LNG export plans

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is giving you 30 days to provide input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia.

The Jordan Cove LNG export/Pacific Connector pipeline proposal would build a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, clearcutting through 80 miles of public forests, and increasing domestic energy prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.

30 days is not near enough time.

Natural gas companies envision U.S. LNG exports to China and other Asian nations from Oregon as a new way to capitalize on low-cost US natural gas made abundant by ‘fracking’ for gas in shale deposits in the Rocky Mountains. Fracking has come under intense scrutiny due to harms to water quality and the gas drilling boom it has created. Unfortunately, exporting this gas will only increase the amount of harmful fracking, build a damaging gas pipeline across Oregon, intensify climate change, and raise US energy prices.

Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal.

Please ask FERC to extend the public commenting time to at least 60 days. Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.

More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to public forests, endangered fish and wildlife, climate change, family farms and forest owners, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.

7 Responses to Harmful and Costly LNG Export Proposed for Oregon

  1. James L Tyree II says:

    Extend the comment period!

  2. deanna wieman says:

    Plz extend this deadline…it is not enough time to comment given the long term impact of this project. T/U

  3. Shirley Vandermosten says:

    No one I know has heard about this. More time and effort is needed to get the word out.

  4. Edward Averill says:

    LNG is one of the most dangerous global warming gasses. Transport of LNG over great distances poses both local and global environmental risks. New pipelines and terminals should require full length automated monitoring for leakage, and automated protection measures as a precondition to authorization. I would recommend that such measures also be required to be installed and proven in existing pipelines before their design accepted toward authorization of new pipelines.

  5. Louise Schintz Nelson says:

    This is a terrible and potential destructive project that we should have no part of ….keep it out of Oregon ….one of the last clean states in all of America !

  6. Jim Barta says:

    Please extend the comment period.

  7. jordan says:

    Extend the comment period! there is no reason to rush!

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