Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LNG Letter

The following is a letter sent by one of our members.  Feel free to use it as is or modify the center paragraph or replace it.  Please confine your concerns to the water related concerns.  Share how the project would impact you and your water related activities.  Use the old school snail mail.  A paper letter is harder to ignore as compared to an email.  Send two letters since we want booth entities to deny this project.

(mail to both please)
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
North Bend Field Office
2201 North Broadway Suite C
North Bend, OR  97459-2372

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Ave.  Suite 100
Eugene, OR  97401
Attn:  401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine

Dear Mr. Krug and Mr. Stine:

I strongly oppose the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline project (NWP-2017-41) because it will significantly harm southern Oregon’s rivers, streams, wetlands, and estuaries. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits because the project does not comply with the Clean Water Act and it is not in the best interest of Oregonians.
The state of Oregon has expended a great deal of money and effort to improve the quality of its waterways. The Rogue River is one of them. As you may be aware, the Rogue River is currently expected to have a very good run of fall chinook salmon.  It is one of the few rivers in CA, WA and OR that is doing well with regards to salmon and steelhead.  Why in the world would anyone approve of a project in which a pipeline will be buried in the Rogue River?  The damage done to the river by the construction of a buried pipeline would be immense and would certainly cause irreparable harm to its ecosystem. There is no way that this project could be completed without doing severe damage to the Rogue.  For this reason alone, the case for denying the permits should be clear.  The Rogue fisheries are improving, perhaps due to the removal of several dams that impeded the spawning of salmon and steelhead.  It would be madness to pursue a project that would harm the improvements that have been made. This project is not in the public interest.
There are many other reasons as to why the necessary permits should be denied.  I will not detail them because the problem outlined above is so very clear that this alone should make the denial the rational choice.
I strongly oppose this project and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits. 
Thank you for your time and consideration on this important issue.
Sincerely,
(insert your name and address)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Message from Oregon DEQ


Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended by 30 days the public comment period on an application for water quality certification from the Jordan Cove Energy Project. DEQ received a large number of public requests for an extension. The project proposes building a liquefied natural gas facility on the North Spit of Coos Bay near North Bend and a connecting roughly 230-mile pipeline near Malin that would cross Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
View the full news release at: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=2810.
Learn more about the proposed project at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Programs/Pages/Jordan-Cove.aspx.

This email was sent to thomascollett@yahoo.com using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite #600, Portland, OR 97232 · 503-229-5696