In the midst of a world wide pandemic, it is easy to be distracted from the fact that the proposed Jordan Cove project is still moving through various state and federal processes.
On Monday, April 20, the Klamath Tribes, dozens of impacted landowners, and over 25 organizations including the Coos Bay Surfrider and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association, submitted a joint request for rehearing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its March decision to conditionally approve the proposed
Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The rehearing request filed by this coalition joined others, including the State of Oregon, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.
Together, we told FERC that they wrongly approved the proposed Jordan Cove LNG
export terminal and fracked gas pipeline. We asked them to reconsider their decision.
This rehearing request is an important first step towards challenging the federal
approval of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project in court.
This request asks FERC to withdraw its approval of Jordan Cove LNG and redo its environmental, public convenience and necessity, and public interest analyses of the project. The rehearing request makes in-depth arguments that the project is not in the public interest because of significant adverse effects to public health and safety, Tribal resources, private property rights, the fishing and crabbing industries, and the climate.
Even with FERC’s approval, the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project cannot move forward without approval from Oregon’s agencies, which have already denied two critical permits for this project. However, the FERC conditional approval does allow Pembina, the Canadian fossil fuel corporation behind Jordan Cove LNG, to start the process of seizing private property of Oregon landowners against their wishes through eminent domain.
The Coos Bay Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to protecting our local beaches, waters and engaging the next generation of coastal defenders.