Youth activists at protest against LNG pipeline. Photo courtesy of Kerul Kyer.
The Yurok Tribe has just issued their statement in response to U.S Senator Jeff Merkley’s decision to oppose the Jordan Cove terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline:
“The Yurok Tribe applauds United States Senator Jeff Merkley’s decision to oppose the Jordan Cove terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline. Both are part of a short-sighted project proposed by a Canadian company seeking to ship fracked natural gas to Asia.
If approved, this liquefied natural gas pipeline, owned by Veresen, will put at risk numerous salmon-supporting rivers and streams, including the Klamath River, the lifeline of the Yurok people. Its intended, 230-mile-long route extends from Malin, Oregon, located near the headwaters of the Klamath, to Coos Bay on the Southern Oregon coast.
‘We strongly support Senator Jeff Merkley’s decision to oppose this environmentally irresponsible proposal to profit off the backs of our children’s children,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., the Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “The Jordan Cove LNG Export project has the potential to destroy what is most sacred to us, the Klamath River. We will do everything in our power to stop Veresen from building this pipeline.’
The LNG pipeline project calls for the creation of a permanent 95-foot-wide and 232-mile long clear cut through 400 rivers and creeks in the Pacific Northwest, along with the Klamath, which is California’s second largest salmon producer.
In addition to the threats to forests and fish, the proposed pipeline for fracked natural gas will only hasten the impact of global climate change. As the Oregon Senator noted in his opinion piece, published in Medford’s Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/2B58IHq), the Jordan Cove terminal will ‘become the largest carbon polluter in Oregon.”’
In July of 2017, the Yurok Tribal Council sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission condemning plans to build the unconscionable pipeline, because it will compromise the Klamath, as well as the health and safety of the Yurok people.
The Yurok Tribe encourages all US citizens to follow in Mr. Merkley’s footsteps and oppose this ecologically devastating endeavor.”
For more information, please read this in-depth FAQ page, developed by Rogue Riverkeeper, http://rogueriverkeeper.org/…/campaign-history-of-the-jorda…