An extractive economic system is rooted in and perpetuated by the extraction of our most precious resources. It is a constant state of digging up our resources, burning them, and then dumping the results with little to no regard for pollution’s contamination, toxicity, and desecration of Earth, our sacred home. Human labor is exploited across many sectors, with a long history of workers’ health not being taken into consideration. The purpose of exploiting labor to desecrate resources has been the constant concentration of wealth and power into the hands of the few, with little challenge to that dominance. In other words, the manifestation of this economic system is placing profit over people.
We see how the fossil fuel industry advances this purpose. Coal, oil and gas barons, the wealthiest corporations and individuals on Earth, put profit over people and exhaust human capacity, and perpetuate the idea that their system is inevitable and necessary, when this is false and damaging.
For these reasons and many more, the Oregon Just Transition Alliance has voted to officially oppose the construction of the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Terminal.
The Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline is a significant threat to indigenous sovereignty and tribal treaty rights, human health, and planetary survival. Cultural resources, traditional tribal territories and burial grounds are threatened by both the pipeline route and the LNG export facility. Additionally, the project would impact waters and wildlife of current, historical, and spiritual importance to the Tribes. The Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes have all come out in opposition to opposing the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline.
In solidarity with national and global fights we must seek solutions that build and grow the regenerative economy, which don’t continue to be dependent on the extraction of our resources and the erasure of sacred lands.
What can you do:
Please join Oregon PSR for a fun presentation of “The Folly of Frack,” to be followed by a presentation on the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and on-site comment writing. August 13 from 6:30-8:30pm, RSVP HERE
Join community members on Thursday, August 16 from 11am-12pm at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) office in Medford for a rally and delivery of over 17,000 public comments demanding DEQ denies clean water act permits and puts to rest the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. RSVP HERE