Report: Defend Our Rivers - Stop the Pipeline

The Jordan Cove Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Pipeline

Released by: OSPIRG Students

The proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Pipeline contains numerous potential environmental impacts to our beautiful Oregon landscape. Through the construction of the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG Terminal, compressed natural gas would be provided by Canadian company Veresen, Inc., where it would be liquefied (LNG) and sold to foreign markets overseas. The purpose of the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline is to construct and operate a 232-mile long, 36-inch diameter pipeline that would run underground from Malin to Coos Bay, Oregon, crossing through the counties of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos. This pipeline would transport 1.2 billion cubic feet of compressed natural gas coming into Malin from other pipelines across the western coast of the United States to a corresponding new export facility in Coos Bay, Oregon.

The Pacific Connector Pipeline plans to cut through many of the natural habitats that make Oregon so beautiful, including over 400 wetlands and waterways through the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille, and Coos watersheds. This would also affect salmon habitat by heating water temperatures and directly impacting their path to spawning. Riparian habitat would also be destructed, as well as the habitats of nine endangered or threatened species, like the Pacific Fisher, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl, Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp, and six fish species, as well as the potential for many more species affected in the ocean. Construction of the Jordan Cove facilities would result in clearcutting of forested, vegetative, and old growth lands. Because of the nature of the chemical compounds within natural gas, their molecules are very small, which means it is easy for it to leak, even if the pipeline is aptly assembled. This would increase the chance of large wildfires or explosions in Oregon’s arid landscape. 

Our Victories

What has OSPIRG done in the time that it has been our lead campaign? We have collected nearly 2,000 student petitions opposing the project (about 1,200 at UO and nearly 800 at SOU), and passed student body resolutions at all three of our chapters (University of Oregon, Southern Oregon University, and Lane Community College). We also consistently work alongside many coalition partners to lead outreach/informational events and attend lobbying/rally opportunities at the local and statewide levels.