Supporters, opposers attend LNG pipeline rally

As public commenting for the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline took place all day on Wednesday at the Ramada Inn, there was a rally where community members both for and against the project attended.

As public commenting for the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline took place all day on Wednesday at the Ramada Inn, there was a rally where community members both for and against the project attended.

Allie Rosenbluth from Rogue Climate said there were about 100 people present at the press conference earlier in the day and attendance was about the same for the rally, which started at 5:30 P.M.

Rosenbluth, who is against the pipeline, said there have been similar rallies held since the start of the project.

"Communities in southern Oregon have been showing up to stop this project because it threatens our water, our climate, our liberty rights," Rosenbluth said. "It would destroy local jobs, especially in fishing and crabbing."

Rosenbluth said the project was first denied back in 2016. Since then, she said nothing has changed about the plans of the pipeline.

"Jordan Cove still have no contracts to buy the fuels overseas," Rosenbluth said. "They would still have to use eminent domain to build this project. There's no way to build this project without significant impacts to our communities."

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, in support of the project, traveled to southern Oregon as a part of a coalition of leaders and elected officials from Western States and Tribal Nations Initiative to give remarks about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearing and rally.

"We have people from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and it was a great opportunity to talk about our desire to export natural gas resources," Pugliese said.

With a similar pipeline passing through her area, Pugliese said the project will bring many benefits this project to the southern Oregon community.

"Southern Oregon is very similar to western Colorado," Pugliese said. "Our rural economies aren't as strong, so this will bring stability and growth to those areas."

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