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These are actual letters and emails sent and received.  The names are removed to protect privacy.  The responses are in blue.

Attorney General                                         (date here)
Ellen F. Rosenblum 
Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096


Re: Misuse of eminent domain.

Dear Ms. Rosenblum,

I am deeply concerned about the use of eminent domain by the Pembina Pipeline Corporation, to gain access to private property.  My understanding is that eminent domain is only supposed to be used for projects that are necessary for the public good.  This pipeline is not for the public good but for a foreign corporation interested only in profits.  The Canadian company Pembina has proposed the Pacific Connector Pipeline and the Jordan Cove Terminal in Coos Bay.

Also it is my understanding that the diminished or taken properties are supposed to be justly and fairly compensated for to their owners.   This is also not being handled in a fair and just manner.  These properties and their neighbors have suffered from diminished values for ten years now and it is time to stop this injustice.

As the Attorney General you should be looking at this misuse of eminent domain and put a stop to this farce using our legal system. Lets do the right thing and protect our citizens and property owners.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
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Dear Senator Wyden:

For over a decade, southern Oregon landowners have been held hostage by a Canadian energy company that wants to build a 235-mile fracked gas pipeline through their property. The Jordan Cove LNG export project would ship fracked gas through the pipeline from Malin to Coos Bay where it would be super cooled, liquefied, and put on tankers to be shipped to Asia. The project has little to no “public benefit” other than a handful of jobs and some county tax revenue. And still, a foreign corporation has the power to use eminent domain to take away Oregonians property so they can make billions of dollars. Seems absolutely wrong. 
Senator Jeff Merkley has now stood up in opposition to this unprecedented project recognizing the impacts it would have on property owners and the planet. Whatever your issue is with this project: property rights, safety, climate impacts, etc. the Senator should be applauded for taking a stand on what he knows is right for his state and its people. 
I call upon you to ask you to stand with Oregonians who are being mistreated, lied to and ultimately held hostage by this proposed project.

Senator Wyden response
Thank you for taking the time to write me. I appreciate hearing about issues that are important to you. You will be receiving a more detailed response via email in the near future. If you require immediate assistance with a Federal agency, please contact my Portland office at 503-326-7525.

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Senator DeBoer:            
Sen.AlanDeBoer@oregonlegislature.gov

For over a decade, southern Oregon landowners have been held hostage by a Canadian energy company that wants to build a 235-mile fracked gas pipeline through their property. The Jordan Cove LNG export project would ship fracked gas through the pipeline from Malin to Coos Bay where it would be super cooled, liquefied, and put on tankers to be shipped to Asia. The project has little to no “public benefit” other than a handful of jobs and some county tax revenue. And still, a foreign corporation has the power to use eminent domain to take away Oregonians property so they can make billions of dollars. Seems absolutely wrong. 
Senator Jeff Merkley has now stood up in opposition to this unprecedented project recognizing the impacts it would have on property owners and the planet. Whatever your issue is with this project: property rights, safety, climate impacts, etc. the Senator should be applauded for taking a stand on what he knows is right for his state and its people. 
I call upon other Oregon elected officials and ask that they too stand with Oregonians who are being mistreated, lied to and ultimately held hostage by this empty promise of a project.

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Dear Representative Walden,

As a voting citizen of your district, I am angry that a foreign energy company can use eminent domain to force their way onto our landowners properties.  We are supposed to be protected by the constitution.  Having a large, high pressure pipeline on your property is dangerous and diminishes the value of your property.  The neighbors of the pipeline properties are also in danger and have diminished property value.  The pipeline property owners are offered a onetime payment that is far too low; it would be laughable if it wasn't so serious.  The neighbors aren’t offered anything, nothing!  Where are you and our administration in protecting us under the fifth amendment of our constitution?  Help us defeat this pipeline; it's a black mark on the district and the state of Oregon not to oppose such projects.