CENTRAL POINT, OR -- The Jordan Cove pipeline would run underground in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath counties. This pipeline is for natural gas.
Today people opposing this pipeline rallied outside the Jackson County Expo. The meeting with the Department of State Lands is happening inside.
During the rally Newswatch 12 spoke to people against this pipeline and one of the biggest reasons is they don't want water to be contaminated.
Allie Rosenbluth the Campaign Director at Rogue Climate told me tonight's discussion is about the application Jordan Cove needs to build the pipeline. The Department of State Lands created these public hearings to see whether the community wants the pipeline or not.
Allie Rosenbluth says, "They want to use this horizontal drill method underneath the Rogue River which is a big concern to residents in Jackson County because we use the Rogue River to play, to create, to make our living, and it's something that brings us all together."
This afternoon Newswatch 12 also spoke to Jordan Cove, the company wanting to build the pipeline about why they think the pipeline is beneficial for Oregon. We were told the pipeline would add 6,000 construction jobs just to build the pipeline and once it's completed full time and part time jobs will be needed. The company also told us that this pipeline would greatly impact revenue for shops and restaurants.
There are three other meetings planned by the Department of State Lands. Tomorrow there is a meeting in Canyonville. Thursday in north Bend and next Tuesday in Salem. Each of the meetings begins at 5:30 pm and goes until 8pm.
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