Tour of Community Resistance from Extraction to Export
On September 20, in North Bend Oregon, near the site where a Canadian gas company wants to build the Jordan Cove LNG export facility, the “Tour of Community Resistance” wrapped up in front of a packed room at the public library.
Over the course of five days, the tour visited and connected communities that could be impacted by the project – from the fracking fields of western Colorado to the shores of Coos Bay.
Supported by the Colorado nonprofit EcoFlight, the grassroots project drew on the strength of community-based groups from concerned citizens fighting local drilling and oil and gas proposals, to Oregon tribal representatives, climate activists, and land-owners. All could be harmed by the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline that would connect the Rocky’s gasfields with the Asian market—or so the boosters promise.
That morning the route followed the Bull Mountain pipeline from the North Fork Valley to Silt, Colorado. On September 18 the Tour departed westward from Rifle Colorado, and arrived that afternoon in Klamath Falls, Oregon. After a kick-off at Delicious Orchards outside of Paonia, EcoFlight departed the North Fork Valley airport to fly the path of the existing and proposed pipeline routes, from the origin in the Piceance Basin gasfields to the site of the proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export hub at Coos Bay.
9/16: North Fork Valley, CO
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Opposition to Jordan Cove forming locally, 9/15/18
9/17: Rifle/Battlement Mesa, CO
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Debate in local gas patch—Oil, gas panel meets with opponents of Jordan Cove, 9/18/18
From the Styx: Connected by an invisible pipeline, 9/19/18
KDNK Community Radio: Oregon, West Slope Residents Unite Against Jordan Cove Project, 9/26/18
9/18: Klamath Falls, OR
Klamath Falls Herald and News: Activists to visit regarding Jordan Cove project, 9/16/18
9/19: Rogue Valley, OR
Medford Mail Tribune: Pipeline foes: ‘We’re all in the same fight,’ 9/19/18
KTVL News 10 Medford: From Colorado to Oregon, activists work to stop LNG Pipeline, 9/20/18
Roseburg News Review: Pipeline opponents fly over proposed route, 9/21/18
9/20: Coos Bay, OR
The Coos Bay World: A Tour: Community Resistance to Fracked Gas, from Extraction to Export, 9/20/18
The Coos Bay World: Activists fly over proposed LNG site, 9/20/18
More about the project
Jordan Cove: Rocky Mountains to Pacific Coast, Tour of 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. Using 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 boundaries to build solidarity for a fossil fuel free future.