This is a bad bill. The passage of this bill infringes on private property rights by allowing companies building LNG-related pipelines to begin the state permitting process without landowners having a say about proposed activities on their property. For three years, we have called this the "LNG fast-track bill." The bill already passed the House, so it now sits on Governor Kitzhaber's desk awaiting his signature.
The bill passed the Senate 20-9. No votes were: Senators Atkinson, Johnson, Bates, Bonamici, Dingfielder, Ferrioli, Girod, Prozanski, and Whitsett. Thank you to all who contacted your legislators to oppose this bill. Please take the time to thank your Senator if they voted no.
If you are a landowner along the pipeline route and you receive notice from LNG companies or the Department of State Lands that they issued a permit for your property, please let us know immediately. If you receive a notice of a pipeline permit on your property, please contact Monica Vaughan at (541) 521-1832; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dan Serres at (503) 890-2441; email@example.com.
The Good News
We can still stop LNG projects in southern Oregon!
The passage of HB 2700 does not mean that LNG projects will prevail, but it does make our job of stopping these projects more complicated and difficult. We will need to stick together and fight vigorously in the coming months to stop LNG.
Yes votes on this bill do not represent a yes vote on LNG.
Many legislators believe that this bill is needed for municipalities and incorrectly believe that it does not impact LNG, that LNG is no longer a threat to Oregon or that the LNG proposals are already dead. While it is unfortunate that some of the legislators are misinformed, that does not mean they support the LNG projects.
Southern Oregon Senators voted with us.
Senators Atkinson, Bates, and Whitsett all voted no, and they deserve our thanks. Senator Bates offered strong remarks on the Senate floor before the vote, urging others to vote no along with him. You can view video footage of the vote and floor remarks here. Senator Bates' remarks begin at 3:08. Please take a moment to thank Senator Bates for his strong and vocal opposition to the bill ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
And stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the federal level with respect to LNG pipeline impacts to public lands and rivers in southern Oregon.
Monica Vaughan, Grassroots Organizer
KS Wild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center)
PO Box 102
Ashland, OR 97520