Originally posted on https://www.facebook.com/pipelineoregon :

MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2014 TO PIPELINE AWARENESS SOUTHERN OREGON COMMITTEE Onliine @ http://www.surcp.org/pasoc.html or mail your check to SURCP @ 34620 Tiller Trail Highway, Tiller, Oregon 97484

Summary of Request

The South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership SURCP, Pipeline Awareness Southern Oregon Committee is a group of rural Oregon residents and environmentalists in immediate need of financial support, to stop the construction of the Canadian owned, Jordon Cove LNG Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. These projects will be an environmental apocalypse for Oregon and other parts of the United States. 100% of donations go directly to active opposition efforts.

The proposed LNG liquefaction plant, export terminal and natural gas transmission line will cause disastrous and irreparable harm in Oregon and other parts of the country. In order for project owner Veresen, Inc., a Canadian mega-corporation to meet its export goals to Asia, it will require an increase in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” in other parts of the country and Canada. The chemicals used in fracking, and the fracking process itself, poisons the land, drinking water and contributes significantly to climate change through the increasing release of methane gas into the atmosphere.

Southern Oregon is economically depressed making it an especially vulnerable target for profiteering multinational corporations. Local government leaders have fallen prey to the dangling jobs carrot and the pressure of Federal organizations charged with granting permits for the projects. Individuals’ lands and livelihoods are being sacrificed for private profits and mythological employment opportunities.

This is a David and Goliath battle. Pipeline Awareness has successfully mobilized local rural residents and other Oregon citizens to stop these projects; however, they are lacking sufficient financial resources to bring full action against this environmental travesty. The Jordon Cove LNG Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline projects are being fast-tracked for Federal approval in early 2015.

Time is not on our side. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently concluded the public comment period on the Jordon Cove/Pacific Connector Draft Environmental Impact Study; a final decision is expected in May 2015.

The projects will affect both public and private lands, crossing more than 300 private properties where 90% of the private landowners have said NO to the Pipeline. The 36” diameter, super high-pressure pipeline (1400PSI) will slash a 100-foot wide swath of land 232 miles long across Southern Oregon, affecting 400 water bodies multiple times. It will cross through 150 miles of forest and 23 miles of pristine shrubs and grasslands. Almost 43 miles of the pipeline will traverse through late successional reserve – old growth trees causing the harvest of 1,712 acres of ancient forestlands 1,237 acres of younger trees and the permanent removal of 545 acres of forests. More than two million acres of watersheds will be impacted.

The Jordon Cove project will result in almost 38 acres of wetlands being permanently affected, with the removal of more than 182 acres of upland vegetation, including 69 acres of forest and 113 acres of shrubs and grasslands. Approximately 178 species of amphibian, reptiles, birds and mammals occupy upland habitats on the North Spit near the proposed Jordon Cove terminal. Overall, 47 amphibians and reptiles, 278 birds and 106 mammal species are known to occur in upland habitats crossed by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.

Nine mammals including seven whale species, five birds, and five amphibians and reptiles, one invertebrate and six fish that are listed as threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act are exposed and jeopardized by the project; including the marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl, vernal pool fairy shrimp, and five fish species including the green sturgeon and coho salmon.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released in November 2014, dismisses all of this by stating, “this project will result in some limited adverse environmental impacts. However, most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants proposed mitigation measures.”

FERC’s ruling is thoughtless and careless. Oregon is not less-than-significant. Any decision by the Federal Government or the State of Oregon to allow the export of fracked natural gas via these projects has the potential to devastatingly alter the lives of world inhabitants. It has the potential to harm our country’s natural resources, and damage Oregon’s fragile indigenous environment. These projects have the very real potential to detrimentally affect the global economic future of the United States in unimaginable ways over the long term. It will affect climate change and contribute to the warming of our planet.

Federal regulation trumps state and local jurisdictional laws except in Oregon’s Coastal Zone Management Area (CZMA) and a section of the proposed pipeline runs through the CZMA. Oregon has the opportunity to turn off the spigot of fracking and stop natural gas exports.

It is not always about money, power and shareholder profits. Oregon has the power and authority to say the health of humanity and the planet take precedence over greed. We have just enough time to do the impossible. We need your help and appreciate consideration of funding the very urgent and difficult work to stop the Jordon Cove LNG Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.

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