By Ted Gleichman, Beyond Gas & Oil Team
Can Portland leadership help stop the largest, most dangerous, and most devastating fossil fuel scheme in state history?
We are in “round three” of trying to stop Canadian energy speculator Veresen, Inc., from slashing a clearcut through 235 miles of public forest land, farms, ranches, homes, and communities for an explosive fracked-gas pipeline, Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. This 36-inch diameter monstrosity would carry Canadian fracked gas from the interstate gas pipeline hub near Malin to Coos Bay, on the coast. (The Malin pipeline hub is 334 miles from the Oregon Chapter office in Portland.)
Today’s organic harvest by an “Affected Landowner.” Their land includes a sustainably-harvested woodlot that Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline would tear through. Photo: Ted Gleichman
In Coos Bay, Veresen plans a massive industrial terminal to export this Canadian gas to Asia as LNG (liquefied natural gas): the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Pacific Connector/Jordan Cove (PC/JC) would become the largest greenhouse gas polluter in Oregon. Oregonians have been fighting to stop this for almost 13 years now.
This scheme is the Trump Regime’s top energy priority now, after Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline. So how can we who live in Portland make a difference?
Easy! … and hard: basic grassroots organizing. Here’s the deal: Two-thirds of the Democrats in the Oregon Legislature live in the Portland Metro area. They need to be part of this fight, and you can help!
Oregon Chapter and Columbia Network are key leaders in developing a new multi-organization action team, Stop Fracked Gas/PDX. We are asking Sierra Club Members and supporters to join us in educating and persuading our State Representatives and Senators on how they can make a difference. Down the road, we expect to work with other stakeholders as well.
To join in, please email me for the simple details for the next step.
Portland Democrats must not support the Trump fossil fuels agenda !!!
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