FERC decision to deny rehearing of controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project, allows eminent domain proceedings to begin
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in response to the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a rehearing of the controversial Jordan Cove energy project in Oregon and allow Pembina Pipeline Corp. to pursue eminent domain proceedings, despite strong objections to the project by three Oregon state regulatory agencies:
“This FERC decision provides fresh and troubling evidence that my concerns about a stacked commission have come to pass resulting in arbitrary and awful decisions being dictated from on high about this project.
“I opposed Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell when they put their elbows on the scale of the Jordan Cove decision by appointing another Republican commissioner to what should be an independent and bipartisan panel. And I will not stop fighting against what’s clearly become a rigged process.
“I’ve always had a problem with the use of eminent domain on this project – it is simply not the Oregon Way. Kicking off eminent domain proceedings now to rip the homes and private property away from Oregonians battling the economic fallout of this public health crisis fits the textbook definition for being both tone-deaf and mean-spirited. I will fight this step and any others that boot Oregonians off their land for this project.”
This is the latest step by an imbalanced FERC to disregard local private property rights and environmental concerns identified by Oregonians, and in the middle of a historic public health crisis.
Celebrating Lincoln County community forests and tree planting, with music
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Newport group, and 350 Oregon Central Coast a sponsoring a community forests and music virtual video/audio public event coming live to your home or office. Three local speakers and five local musicians offer up an informative and entertaining program about how to improve our community forests and tree planting efforts in Lincoln County. The event will be at 7–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, on the Zoom video conference platform. The timeline for the event is:
Brief overview of the program and presenters
Wolves and forests video
Jay Fineman – Oregon Coastal Community Forests
Musicians: Chandler Davis, Terry Filer, and Ellen Saunders
Paul Engelmeyer – Midcoast Watersheds Council
Musician: Mary Beth McNichol
Bill Kucha – 350 Oregon Central Coast and June O’Connor
Musician: Michael O’Donnell
An optional discussion panel will continue after the end of the program. If a person does not have a computer or has trouble accessing Zoom, individuals can call in on the phone numbers listed below and enter the Zoom meeting ID.. to access the program When: May 27, 7 p.m. Please click this link to join the webinar:
Dial US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Ninth Lincoln County resident tests positive for COVID-19
NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health announced today another positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Lincoln County’s total to 9 confirmed cases.
Lincoln County is in close coordination with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) about these cases. Test results are now coming from multiple laboratories and are delivered electronically to providers, counties, and OHA throughout the day. As a result, some counties may release county data sooner than it is reported on the Oregon Health Authority website. www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus . This individual is in their 40s. The individual has not had contact with a person
confirmed to have COVID-19, this case is community acquired. The person is not hospitalized and is self-isolating per Public Health guidelines. The best way to protect yourself is to stay home and avoid exposure to the virus. There are easy steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and many types of illness – including the flu – especially to older adults and those with underlying chronic diseases: • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands immediately after. Or, cough into your upper arm. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. • Maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched. • Wear a cloth facemask when you go out in public. • Follow the governor’s orders on social distancing. • Follow CDC’s travel guidance.
You can find more information at www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid
• Regional response: Lincoln County updates its site with COVID-19 news and guidance. • Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response. • United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response. • Global Response: The World Health Organization guides the global response