Watch This Short Film Break Down the $7.6 Billion Bid to Build America’s First West Coast LNG Export Terminal

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"36 Inches" explores the impacts of Oregon’s proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project on domestic gas prices, eminent domain, and major emissions in the context of what some are calling America's next Keystone XL.

LNG Export Opposition In Oregon

...the Jordan Cove project would quickly become Oregon’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and rests directly within the Cascadia Subduction Zone

The Jordan Cove Energy Project represents a heated battleground in the debate over LNG exports. After similar proposals were rejected by both California and Washington, Oregon has become a bullseye for the energy industry's push to move North American natural gas to lucrative overseas markets.

The proposal hasn’t come without opposition, though, as many residents and community members directly impacted by the liquefaction facility and it’s 232 mile long pipeline have launched efforts to stop the proposal and encourage their state representatives to support them in their fight.*

Amid a steady stream of industry sponsored advertising, "36 Inches" , a short film from director James Parker, explores the downsides of the Jordan Cove project and the impacts it could have on local landowners, the region’s environment, and national economics.

“Too often this project is oversimplified into bulleted talking points,” says Parker, “it’s perceived as being in the public benefit solely for the fact it could result in some jobs. What we try to do in the film is look at this proposal from a wider perspective, examine the pros and cons in detail. You might be bringing in jobs locally, but you might be taking away twice as many jobs elsewhere. ”

The proposal includes plans to build a 232 mile long, 36 inch pipeline carrying North American natural gas to Coos Bay, Oregon, home of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. Along the way, over 300 private property owners would be directly impacted, and the pipeline would traverse 400 waterways including the Klamath, Umpqua, Coquille and Rogue rivers. A temporary easement of 95', or the equivalent of a 6 lane highway, would be clear cut in order to bury the high pressure pipeline 5' under ground. In the case of one landowner, the pipeline is scheduled to rest within 200' of his home. With approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the project would be authorized to use eminent domain, meaning no appeal for landowners.**

LNG export has been a topic of wide discussion in the recent past, with high demand in Asia fueling interest in transporting North American natural gas to market.

But a number of Fortune 500 companies are skeptical this plan will be in the country’s benefit. In a company statement addressing Jordan Cove, Dow Chemical stated full scale LNG export could have adverse impacts on US manufacturers and that keeping cheap natural gas in the states is “vastly preferable to sending our energy resources overseas – and jobs – overseas.”***

Notably, the Jordan Cove project would quickly become Oregon’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and rests directly within the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which recently made national headlines in "The New Yorker".

Proponents for the project cite the generation of 150 permanent jobs and a tax revenue for the impacted counties.

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