Last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted final environmental approval for a gas pipeline and terminal on Oregon’s southern coast. Activists who oppose this project are holding trainings in Eugene through the weekend in preparation for a protest Monday in Salem.
Many who oppose the natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas, or LNG, export terminal believe Gov. Kate Brown could stop it.
Patricia Hine is the co-founder of 350 Eugene. She says the group wants to capture the attention of state leaders.
Hine: “Direct action calls attention, sometimes humorously, sometimes with media attention, it’s not a law breaking situation, but it’s trying to get attention for an issue that’s otherwise not coming to light and being properly considered by decision makers.”
Hine says both projects are harmful to public health and the environment and add to climate change.
Supporters of the projects say they will create at least 150 jobs and generate over $6 billion in local investments.
Find more information and register for the training here.