Jordan Cove: Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast, Community Resistance from Extraction to Export
MEDIA ADVISORY: Western Slope Community Oil and Gas Events
North Fork “Rally for the Valley,” COGCC hearing, and tour of Battlement Mesa, an oil-and-gas impacted community, are first layovers on EcoFlight awareness tour and organizing blitz.
DELTA COUNTY, CO. (September 12, 2018) – The North Fork Valley will be welcoming a group of Oregon activists and landowners to kick-off the Jordan Cove: Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast, Community Resistance from Extraction to Export project at the Rally for the Valley on Sunday, September 16 from 4 until 7 pm. The event is at Delicious Orchards Farm Market, outside of Paonia (39126 CO-133, Hotchkiss, CO 81419).
The Rally will feature live music by Moth to Moonlight, Clisset & Company, and Beth Quist, and updates from local organizations in the Valley. Big B’s award-winning hard ciders and organic juices will be on tap, with a portion of each sale helping to fund the project.
The Rally for the Valley is the first stop on the Jordan Cove: Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast, Community Resistance from Extraction to Export project, which is a multi-day multi-state tour following the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline & Export chain from extraction–in the Rocky Mountains–to export, at the Pacific Coast in Coos Bay. The North Fork valley is currently subject to an ill-advised oil and gas leasing proposal being pushed by the Trump administration.
At layovers along the way the tour will meet with impacted community members, first in Colorado where increased fracking and drilling would threaten local livelihoods, then in Oregon where the proposed Pacific Connector PIpeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal threaten the property rights of landowners, the cultural resources of tribes, and the forests, farms and waters that sustain local communities.
The threats that Colorado’s iconic public lands, farms and orchards, and neighborhoods face from expanding fracking and oil-and-gas development do not happen in isolation. Market forces drive drilling, and schemes to open new markets for fracked gas increase the threats that Colorado communities face from speculative public lands leasing, pipeline expansions, and increased drilling activity. Impacts to the fisheries and coastal businesses, and the disruption to the landowners along the route, are fed by the fracked gas extracted from far away gasfields.
The fossil fuel industry benefits when impacted communities remain disconnected and isolated. But just as the climate impacts from leakage and burning the gas, wherever it goes, effects everyone — the entire fossil fuel chain is a dirty system from extraction to export to combustion.
This project will build relationships between the upstream and downstream communities facing the Jordan Cove Export Hub, Pacific Connector Pipeline, and related upstream impacts from fracking and oil-and-gas development in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.
Day Two: Coloradans Bring Their Case to COGCC and Impacted Community Tour
RIFLE, CO.-The second day layover on the Ecoflight tour will be in Rifle, Colorado for the public comment period of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission field hearing. The Oregonians are interested in learning about the issues and concerns that their upstream neighbors face in the fossil fuel extraction to export chain. The Oregon delegation will then be joining Coloradans from across the state on the Colorado Dream Turned Fracking Nightmare tour of Battlement Mesa, a neighborhood facing an active drilling regime encroaching on homes and the community, once marketed to retirees. Media are invited to both activities.
COGCC Hearing “Public Comment Period” 9:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Garfield Co. Sheriff’s Annex near Rifle (106 County Road 333-A)
Colorado Dream Turned Fracking Nightmare – Impact Tour 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Battlement Mesa Community Center Parking Lot (398 Arroyo Drive)
More about the Project
Jordan Cove: Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast, Community Resistance from Extraction to Export is a grassroots project conceived and organized by western Colorado and southern Oregon activists. It serves to connect community leaders from the No Jordan Cove campaign in southern Oregon and from community groups fighting oil-and-gas development in western Colorado on a tour to both regions. They’ll share firsthand experiences from those directly impacted by this industry and about how the campaigns connect up- and downstream.
The project will utilize a series of EcoFlights (flights in a small plane to view threatened/impacted areas from the air) to follow the path that fracked gas would take in the existing and along proposed pipeline routes, traveling with frontline community members from the origin in the fracking fields of the Piceance Basin to the site of the proposed export hub at Coos Bay.
Through the use of varied multimedia storytelling this project will also support the broader effort to educate about the need to move beyond fossil fuels, and about climate and environmental impacts. Ultimately, the story of fracking in western Colorado and the Jordan Cove LNG project in southern Oregon isn’t just a story of isolated communities that don’t want gas drills or pipelines in their backyards; it’s a much broader story about the damaging effects of fossil fuels and extraction economies in rural communities, as well as of those communities connecting across traditional and geographic boundaries to build solidarity for a fossil fuel free future.
- 9/16: North Fork Valley, CO
- 9/17: Rifle/Battlement Mesa, CO
- 9/18: Klamath Falls, OR
- 9/19: Rogue Valley, OR
- 9/20: Coos Bay, OR
Project organizers have set up a GoFundMe page to support this project.
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