Target: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Goal: Prevent construction of destructive natural gas pipelines in Oregon.
The energy companies, Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove Energy, intend to construct over 330 miles of new liquid natural gas pipeline together with two new processing terminals. In 2008, the Oregon Department of Energy evaluated the merit of liquid natural gas and concluded that it is unnecessary to meet current or projected state energy requirements. With no need for more energy, allowing these companies to proceed would only cause damage to Oregon’s rivers, forests, and salmon population.
Oregon LNG plans to build their facility on the Skipanon Peninsula at the mouth of the Columbia River. This plant would be connected to the planned 117 mile Oregon Pipeline, which would clearcut through state forest and private forest land all the way to Mollala. Jordan Cove Energy plans to build their plant on the North Spit of Coos Bay. From there, they would route the natural gas through the proposed 220 mile Pacific Connector pipeline straight to California, where it would pass through a facility at the border in Malin, OR.
Both of these facilities are in Tsunami Inundation Zones, increasing the risk of possible leakage and resulting fires in the populated surrounding areas. Both would require extensive dredging near the sites in order for tankers to dock, harming precious salmon habitats. The facilities and tankers in both areas would draw water from the ocean for processing purposes, then expel it back into the ocean at extreme temperatures, further harming marine life. The pipelines themselves would require 50 foot swaths to be cut through the forest, carrying severe restrictions on land use. This is threatening to many Oregon farmers.
By signing the petition below you will add your name to the list of citizens urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to prevent Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove Energy from unnecessarily damaging Oregon’s environment and habitats.
Dear Chairman Jon Wellinghoff,
The new liquid natural gas pipelines and processing terminals proposed for Oregon must be disallowed. Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove Energy intend to build facilities that the state does not need. In 2008 the Oregon Department of Energy concluded that liquid natural gas is not necessary to meet current or even projected energy needs.
These new facilities would require a clearcut of over 330 miles of Oregon’s forests. They would damage marine life and habitats. They threaten Oregon’s farmers. Over 4 million cubic yards of dredging are planned.
I urge you to take action to prevent Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove Energy from proceeding with these projects. They do nothing to help Oregon and everything to hurt it.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Andy Beecroft via geograph.org