Jordan Cove gives out grants

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune

A Bulk Carrier Ship loads wood chips from Roseburg Forestry in Coos Bay Tuesday.

Jordan Cove LNG presented $60,000 in grants this month to 30 nonprofit organizations in Southern Oregon, including six in Jackson County.

Organizations received up to $5,000 each for various projects.

Honor Flight of Oregon was among those receiving grants in Jackson County. The organization plans to fly Korean War and World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., this spring to visit memorials and experience the nation’s appreciation for their service.

Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach will use grant funding to provide assistance to veterans in transition, with a goal of helping them find or keep jobs and permanent housing.

The Ruch Outdoor Community School is planning a community track-and-field renovation project that includes developing a new irrigation system, re-seeding the field and carrying out a maintenance plan to keep the track usable for the community year-round.

Funding will help Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jackson County, Inc. increase its capacity for trained community volunteers to address the rising number of children coming into the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect.

A grant will also aid the Rogue Valley Art Association in providing Family & Friends Art Day, which provides free monthly access to arts and culture for low-income community members.

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will use funding for the construction of one of the homes in a triplex. As part of the project, approximately 100 local youth volunteers ages 18 to 24 will learn job skills in partnership with local schools and youth training agencies.

Jordan Cove, part of the Canadian energy company Pembina, is proposing the 229-mile Pacific Connector underground natural gas pipeline that would cut through several southwest Oregon counties on its way to a proposed export facility north of Coos Bay.

Since the program began, the Jordan Cove-Pacific Connector grant program has awarded more than $480,000 — mainly to groups in Jackson, Klamath, Douglas and Coos counties.

“In announcing our eighth round of community grants, Jordan Cove continues to be grateful for the opportunity to provide support to the many deserving organizations that truly make a difference in communities throughout Southern Oregon,” said Tasha Cadotte, spokesperson for Jordan Cove LNG.

Jordan Cove accepts grants applications by May 1 and Nov. 1 for two funding cycles each year.

For more information about the grant program and the proposed natural gas projects, see jordancovelng.com.

The proposed pipeline and export facility are being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state agencies.

Jordan Cove LNG says the projects will create 6,000 construction jobs during the build-out, generate $60 million in tax revenue each year for southwest Oregon.

Opponents argue the natural gas processing and export terminal on the coast would be a major source of new pollution in Oregon. They also say the entire project encourages continued worldwide reliance on fossil fuels.

The pipeline would pass through the property of hundreds of landowners. Property owners have been offered minimum payments of $30,000, but those who are unwilling to allow use of their property could face eminent domain. The pipeline also would traverse hundreds of waterways, including the Rogue River.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

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