ASHLAND, Ore. -- Students who were a part of Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), a student ran, student lead organization at Southern Oregon University (SOU); gathered together today to hold a rally against the proposed Jordan Cove LGN Pipeline.
The pipeline would move compressed natural gas through the state to an export facility in Coos Bay.
The Students today were focused on getting the attention of Governor Brown in hopes that she will make moves against the Pipeline project.
Wen asked why they were against the pipeline, this is what they said, “It cuts through about 400 different waterways, including the Rogue River. It cuts through wildfire-prone-zones and since it’s in a gaseous form at that point, one little spark and we have more wildfires that we did last summer,” said the OSPIRG chapter chair, Darcy O’brien.
OSPRIG is also concerned about the multiple species of wildlife and different habitats that would be affected and the lands that would be in the direct path of the pipeline.
“This pipeline also cuts through indigenous land, including sacred land and burial grounds,” explained O’brien.
According to the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline website, the pipeline would provide economic growth to the area, along with temporary and permanent jobs to southern Oregon. The website also states, “the proposed Jordan Cove LNG facilities will be subject to stringent environmental review to ensure that the construction and operation of the facilities will have minimal environmental impact.”
The students against the pipeline say they plan to send a petition to the Governor to take action to stop the pipeline.