Despite Oregon Permit Denials and Current Public Health Crisis, Federal Agency Approves Jordan Cove LNG, read more via Power Past Fracked Gas.
BREAKING: Despite Oregon Permit Denials and Current Public Health Crisis, Federal Agency Approves Jordan Cove LNG
Today (March 19, 2020), in the midst of a global public health emergency, Jordan Cove LNG received conditional approval from FERC despite lacking the necessary state permits to move forward. With today’s decision the Federal Government is granting a Canadian fossil fuel corporation the right to use eminent domain against over 90 Oregon landowners to ship fracked gas overseas.
The federal government cannot override the State’s decisions that project our land, water, and communities, meaning that the project cannot move forward even with today’s decision. Over 40,000 people sent comments to FERC in 2019 opposing Jordan Cove LNG and hundreds showed up to public hearings in Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath counties last summer.
Tribal Governments, impacted landowners, environmental and public health organizations, and the State of Oregon now have 30 days to challenge FERC’s decision. Communities across the region will continue work until the Jordan Cove LNG project is stopped for good.
Even though Jordan Cove LNG can’t start construction without state permits, with this decision, the federal government is giving a Canadian fossil fuel corporation the power to start the process of seizing private property from over 90 southern Oregon landowners. Communities in Oregon will continue to mobilize to stop the project and any pre-construction activities and call on the state of Oregon to do the same.