From Colorado to Oregon: We’re all in the same fight

View of Coos Bay, Oregon, where Canadian company Pembina wants to build LNG export hub on the North Spit. The 230-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline, if built, would transfer natural gas from Colorado to Oregon [Source: Pete Kolbenschlag’s FB page]

Last week a group of activists from Oregon visited western Colorado for a tour of oil & gas drilling in the region. On Monday morning, they stopped by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meeting in Rifle for public comments. The group included Francis Eatherington, Alex Budd, and filmmaker Amy Schlotterback. On the Colorado side, Pete Kolbenschlag and Eco Flight director and pilot Bruce Gordon hosted the tour.

KDNK’s Amy Marsh did a great wrap-up of the tour. Her story includes an interview with Akos Losz, Senior Research Associate at Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. Losz touches on the market and logistical hurdles that would need to be overcome even if the Jordan Cove Project was approved.

Click on the link to listen to the 6-minute story:  Oregon, West Slope Residents Unite Against Jordan Cove Project

This month Forbes said the impact of new tariffs will be bleak on the world LNG market, and will be especially hard on terminals awaiting approval:  Next Wave Of U.S. LNG Projects Lurks But Market Fistfight Is Inevitable

Don’t miss Marsh’s interview with Oregon activist Alex Budd that aired today:  Valley Voices: Oregon Activist Alex Budd on Jordan Cove, Pipeline, West Slope Connection

On the Oregon leg of the tour, activists participated in a flyover of the Jordan Cove site sponsored by Eco Flight, and was covered by local newspapers.

Activists fly over proposed LNG site

Pipeline foes: ‘We’re all in the same fight’

The North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates released this video of the Colorado portion of the tour.

Thanks to Eco Flight for this aerial tour of coal mines and unconventional gas extraction (fracking) on the Grand Mesa in Colorado. Includes on-the-ground footage of Rifle, Battlement Mesa, and the site of the 2013 Parachute Creek Seep. Thanks to Beth Quist for the music and our friends at Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Slope Conservation Center, Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, Battlement Concerned Citizens, and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance.

Public lands should be governed by the public. But our governing agencies defer to industry. Corporate personhood and corporate commerce rights do not supersede our inalienable rights. We have a democracy problem.

The Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast: Jordan Cove Community Resistance is still looking for donations to help sink the debt from last week’s tour.

We’re all in the same fight.

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