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30 days to comment on LNG: Take Action Now and Attend Hearing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal would include the impacts of building a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, likely using eminent domain, clear-cutting through 80 miles of public forests, decreasing national energy supplies and increasing domestic prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a terminal in Coos Bay. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.

30 days is not near enough time. Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal. More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to endangered fish and wildlife, clean water, public forests, climate change, family farms, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.

TAKE ACTION: Tell FERC that 30 days is not enough time for the public to provide comments on this proposal.
Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.
Email esley@rogueriverkeeper.org if you would like talking points.

http://www.rogueriverkeeper.org

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