FERC EIS SCOPING PROCESS
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has opened a Scoping process for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (LNG) in Coos Bay, OR and the 230 mile fracked gas feeder pipeline (Pacific Connector Pipeline). The scoping process will be used to determine what issues the EIS will evaluate. It is critical that the EIS take into consideration all the impacts of this project. You can attend one of the hearings or submit comments as shown below. Please also ask FERC to include a hearing in Jackson County (Medford area) and in Portland and to extend the comment period for 90-120 days (only 30 days from the initial announcement were allowed). Please note, this is not the time to express opposition to the project – that opportunity will come when the EIS is published and during other permit proceedings. This process is to determine the scope of the EIS.
Hearing Schedule – if you would like to carpool to one of the hearings or take Amtrak to Klamath Falls, contact 350 Salem OR at email@example.com:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Middle School Library and Commons Rooms
245 South Cammann Street
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Umpqua Community College
Jackson Hall Rooms 11 & 12
1140 Umpqua College Road
Roseburg, OR 97470
Thursday, June 29, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Institute of Technology College Union Building
Mt. Bailey and Mt. Theilsen Rooms
3201 Campus Drive
HOW TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS:
(As of now comments are due before July 10th 2017)
- Use Docket # PF17-4-000 in all your correspondence.
- Reference “Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline” and “Jordan Cove Energy Project”.
- Submit through FERC’s eComment link online or mail to the address below before July 10th , 2017.
Mail your comment before July 10 to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street NE, Room 1A Washington, D.C.
eComment on the FERC web site here: https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx
TALKING POINTS FOR FERC SCOPING COMMENTS
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, in charge of pipelines and other US energy projects, is asking the public (that’s you!) to submit comments on the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline & Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. Please submit scoping comments to FERC before July 10, 2017. Below are specific talking points to use in your comments to FERC:
- FERC should extend the comment period past July 10th. 30 days is not enough time for the public to submit meaningful comments on hundreds of pages of resource reports that were not available to the public on time. 90-120 days would be sufficient.
- FERC should include scoping meeting in Medford and Portland to give the public the best opportunities to comment.
- FERC must not rely on outdated data from previous iterations of the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector projects, including wildlife or plant surveys that may no longer reflect on-the-ground conditions.
- FERC must consider alternatives to the project as a whole. FERC must also consider alternative designs to avoid potential impacts from the project.
- FERC must spell out specific mitigation measures and plans that are relied upon to draw conclusions about the impacts of the projects.
- FERC should weigh heavily the negative impacts on private landowners of the Pacific Connector, which would harm private property rights though the potential use of eminent domain.
- FERC should address the full impacts of the projects on water quality for each stream and wetland impacted. FERC should require Pacific Connector to rely on up-to-date and site-specific information to evaluate the impacts of the proposals.
- FERC should consider the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts to fish and wildlife that will be impacted by the proposed LNG terminal and pipeline, including threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead, and wildlife.
- FERC must consider the climate-changing pollution that would be generated by all aspects of this project. FERC must consider the direct, indirect, and cumulative impact of fracked and conventional gas production, transport, liquefaction, and end use, including the contribution of leaked methane gas to the overall carbon pollution from these proposals.
- FERC must undertake a detailed analysis of the public safety risks associated with the terminal and pipeline. In past reviews, FERC has failed to adequately address fire and emergency response risks along the pipeline route. Further, FERC must take a realistic look at a worst-case LNG spill and fire near the terminal.
- FERC should consider an alternative pipeline route around any family who objects to the pipeline being buried on their property. Eminent domain should never be used for the private corporate profits ● FERC should consider damages to families and farms along the route. With Pacific Connector staff freely operating up and down the pipeline route for building, monitoring, inspection and brush clearing, families lose the personal privacy and sense of security they have in their homes, FERC must consider this loss of privacy.
- FERC must consider whether fair compensation is even possible when granting the power of eminent domain to a multi-national. Just knowing that FERC will likely give them the right of eminent domain to take property by force helps the corporations abuse fair compensation.
- FERC must consider the negative impacts of pushing 1/3rd more gas, with 1/3rd higher pressure through rural Oregon with frequent wildland fire. Parts of the pipeline are above ground in the block valves. So far, FERC has no plans to protect these above-ground sections of pipe in rural areas from wildland fire.
- FERC must consider the impacts of the proposed 1/3rd more gas shipped which includes 1/3rd more ship traffic and marine impacts.
- FERC should consider the safety impacts to rural families along the pipeline route under a class 1 pipeline safety standard.
- FERC must consider the impacts of large populations of temporary work force along the pipeline route and in Coos Bay for the LNG terminal. History has shown that increases in drug and alcohol use, crime, prostitution, domestic violence and other negative activities occur in communities where large outside work force move in.
- FERC must consider the impacts of putting a highly explosive LNG export plant in a subduction earthquake zone and a tsunami evacuation area. FERC must get an unbiased peer-review of the proposed earthquake mitigations from scientists familiar with our unique coastal Oregon situation.