Landowners continue resistance against proposed LNG pipeline
The Jordan Cove Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, pipeline has been in the works since 2004.
The proposal has failed twice, and now is back for a third try.
The public comment period for this project has only about a month left.
Local conservation groups have stated their opposition, but landowners are the ones most deeply affected.
The pipeline terminal is in Jordan Cove but crosses a broad stretch of southern Oregon to Malin, impacting Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath counties.
In those counties are hundreds of landowners who's land would be impacted.
"if a person works all their life for a piece of property, and they put everything into that piece of property, is it right for a private corporation to be able to come in and threaten your property," says Deb Evans, a landowner affected by the pipeline.
Central to this conflict is the concept of eminent domain. A government can take control of private land if it serves the public interest.
Landowners don't buy that argument, because Pembina, the company behind the pipeline, is Canadian.
"Not one drop of energy is going to Oregon or the United States," says Evans. "It's all going out of the country. It's all going to some foreign entity that we believe, you know, it's wrong."
Some us jobs would be created, but Evans says that it does not outweigh the damage it would do to property and water resources.
"It's the impact of pipeline once it's in the ground, it's the destruction when they're putting it in the ground, and it's also long term impacts from erosion," says Evans.
It's for those reasons that the state of oregon has rejected similar pipelines in the past.
Pembina claims that they are taking precautions and respecting all existing regulations.
But landowners fear that if the project does become disruptive, they have no affordable recourse against the corporation.
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