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Public Comments on Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project Due Soon
It’s Time for You to be Heard
For over a decade, communities in southern Oregon have stood up against the proposed Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and the Pacific Connector Pipeline project. This project, now proposed by a huge Canadian fossil fuel corporation called Pembina, would threaten 379 waterways (including 12 public drinking water sources); disturb tribal territories and burial grounds; trample the rights of 675 landowners through the use of eminent domain; put existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and other sectors at risk; and drive up energy prices. Coos Bay estuary to construct the project would be located in the tsunami zone and would require dredging 5.67 million cubic yards of sediment across 53 acres of the LNG terminal site. LNG is also highly explosive and would become Oregon’s largest source of climate pollution by 2020.
You can make a difference by providing your comments!
A Section 401 Water Quality Certification is required through DEQ for any federally licensed or permitted projects that may result in a discharge into navigable waters. Specifically, the certification ensures that work permitted under a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit will meet the state’s water quality standards. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for evaluating the permit application under Section 404.
The liquefied natural gas facility would affect waterways and wetlands on the North Spit, in Coos Bay, at dredge disposal sites, and at the Kentuck Slough golf course mitigation site. The Pacific Connector project would affect waterways and wetlands in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
DEQ’s public comment period on the Section 401 Water Quality Certification application closes on July 21, 2018. Written comments on the application related to water quality must be received at DEQ by 5 p.m. on July 21. Written comments may be emailed to JCEP401PublicComment@deq.state.or.us, faxed to 541-686-7551 or mailed to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 165 E. 7th Ave, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401, Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine.
For further information go to Oregon.gov Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or Medford Office – 221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201, Medford, OR 97501, Phone Number: 541-776-6010; Toll free in Oregon: 877-823-3216
The Blue Wave won’t happen unless we all pitch in.
Josephine County residents have an opportunity to do just that by volunteering for Democratic Congressional District 2 candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Sign up during a volunteer orientation Monday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. at Taprock Northwest Grill on 6th Street in Grants Pass.
Jamie’s an engineer, so she’s calculated what she needs to win and it’s very possible she could upset long-time Congressman Greg Walden. In a seven-person primary, Jamie got 47% of the vote. There are 534,454 voters in the district and 171,133 are registered as Non-Affiliated Voters (NAV). With the projected turnout in the district, it will take approximately 179,464 votes to win. In 2016 Democratic Candidate Jim Crary got 106,640 votes. By appealing to left-leaning NAV voters and reminding Democrats who consistently forget to vote to mail in their ballots, CD2 could be part of the Blue Wave.
This would not only be historical because Jamie would be the first woman to hold this Congressional seat, she’d be the first Democrat since 1980. Only two Democrats have held this seat since the district was created in 1893.
Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a well-qualified candidate. She has the education and experience to be an advocate for issues that affect people in the largely rural District 2, who aren’t getting the attention they deserve. However, Walden has millions of dollars in his campaign war chest thanks to corporate interests and the NRA. Jamie doesn’t have that kind of money. She’s depending on many small donations from her supporters and an army of volunteers. This means every Democrat in the district will have to contribute and vote if she is to succeed.
Jamie intends to keep the tone of her campaign positive, focusing on the issues people in the district have told her they are concerned about during her year-long tour leading up to the primary. She encourages volunteers to stay positive, polite, and enthusiastic during voter outreach.
The most important element of Jamie’s campaign will be that voter outreach. Her campaign needs to blanket every community in the district with people who are knocking on doors, phone banking, holding fund-raisers and attending local events such as county fairs, Fourth of July parades, festivals and coffees. People are also needed to do research on the issues important to people in CD2 and Walden’s record on those issues.
The structure is in place. Now people are needed to fill it in. Each county will have a County Coordinator who works directly with the campaign and helps with communication between teams of local volunteers and the campaign. Currently Libby and Ted Watts are interim County Coordinators in Josephine County, but they would like someone to take that position, or at least help with the Coordinator’s duties. County Team Leaders will organize the footwork, phone work, events, fund-raising and distribution of bumper stickers, buttons, and signs. Young people are encouraged to join this democratic process, and find out just what it takes to run for a national office. Call Libby at 541-660-8155 if you’d like to help, or need more information about the volunteer meeting June 25. Learn more about Jamie at https://jamiefororegon.com/
The Hope Mountain Barter Faire, held at Lake Selmac County Park, off McMullen Creek Road in the Illinois Valley, is a 3-day celebration of culture and creative energies. Over thirty bands and musical artists will perform over the course of the three days. The Faire features unique entertainment, trading, live music, and great food.
We of the Illinois Valley Democrats will be hosting a booth there on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. The theme of our booth will be Protect Your Mother Earth, and we will be encouraging attendees, many of them non-voters in their 20’s and 30’s to VOTE. (We will also be helping people to register to vote.)
We REALLY could use some help in staffing the booth, as we are a very small group.
If interested in helping out, call Nicole at (541) 660-2419. It will be fun!!!
At our next JoCo Dems meeting on Tuesday, June 12, members will be asked to individually sign and also vote to officially adopt the following petition:
Josephine County Commissioners have proposed an unnecessary and ill-considered anti-gun control ordinance which, in its initial draft, would prohibit the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office from “investigating, detecting, apprehending or incarcerating persons whose only violation of the law is to carry, manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell or transfer firearms or firearm-related items.”
This proposed ordinance is an effort to make an end run around possible passage of state Initiative Petition 43. IP 43 is a very reasonable petition which will ban the sale of certain semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and require anyone who currently owns such weapons to either register them with the state or get rid of them.
We need to let our county commissioners know that the proposed county ordinance is an extreme measure that does not represent what is good for our county. It cuts off healthy discussion and discounts reasonable controls for keeping us and our children safe from gun violence.
Please add your name to this petition against the proposed Josephine County Firearms Ordinance.
NOTE: We don’t know yet when this ordinance will come up for a vote, but we’ll let people know as soon as we do. We will present the petition at the meeting, and we’re also hoping we can get a good showing of people to attend and speak against the ordinance.
The hearing for the proposed, NRA-style ordinance has been postponed to a future Board of County Commissioners business meeting, while they finalize the draft and send it through the county legal department. We do not yet know when the ordinance will officially come up for a vote.
This month, Board of Commissioners business meetings will be held on Wednesdays at:
9:00 am on June 6
5:30 pm on June 13
9:00 am on June 20
9:00 am on June 27
Meetings are held in the Anne Baskerville Auditorium, right next to the County Courthouse.
While anyone is still welcome to attend this week’s meeting to speak against the proposed ordinance, you may wish to save your energy for a meeting when the ordinance is actually on the agenda. We are hoping to get a good, solid turnout for that meeting.
As soon as we know when the ordinance will be on the agenda, we will post that information.
In the meantime, we encourage you to email each of our county commissioners. Please remember to be polite, but mention that you VOTE.
Lily Morgan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Hare: email@example.com
Dan DeYoung: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the editor of the Daily Courier are also welcome.
We are also planning to pass around a petition to be presented to the commissioners. If you are interested in helping with the petition effort, or if you have any questions, please call or email:
Anita Savio 541-592-3073 (H) 541-592-9406 (C)
According to a story in Friday’s Daily Courier, this Wednesday at their 9:00 am business meeting the county commissioners will be discussing an NRA-style anti-gun control Josephine County Firearms Ordinance which would prohibit the JoCo Sheriff’s Office from “investigating, detecting, apprehending or incarcerating persons whose only violation of the law is to carry, manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell or transfer firearms or firearm-related items.”
This proposed ordinance is an effort to make an end run around possible passage of state Initiative Petition 43, which will ban the sale of certain semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines and require anyone who currently owns such weapons to either register them with the state or get rid of them.
According to Commissioner DeYoung, “When organizations band together and say, ‘We’re going to take your guns away,’ there’s a huge contingent in America that says, ‘No, you’re not.'”
We need people to attend to speak out against this proposed ordinance.
We need to let the county commissioners know that there’s a “huge contingent” in JoCo that says, “This proposed ordinance is not acceptable to us!”
Even if you can’t attend, you can email the commissioners:
Lily Morgan: email@example.com
Note: Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda has not yet been published on the county website. Look for an updated post from me on Monday, confirming that this proposal will indeed be on the agenda this week and explaining when to arrive to hear the discussion and how and when you can sign up to give your testimony.
We sent a questionnaire to all Commissioner Candidates and received the following responses. Read the following and join us at our Candidate Forum on May 8th at 7:00PM at the Unitarian Universalists at 129 NW E St, Grants Pass, OR. If we receive additional responses, we will add them to this post.
The most important race on your May ballot might be one you’re not very familiar with: The race for Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).
The BOLI Commissioner oversees enforcement of Oregon’s workplace rights laws, as well as civil rights and housing discrimination. Having the right person in the job is important to ensure that workers are protected on the job and that Oregonians’ civil rights are enforced. And this May, we have a great opportunity to elect Democrat Val Hoyle as our next BOLI Commissioner.
Val worked her way through college waiting tables and working at a bicycle repair shop. She and her husband moved to Eugene in 1999, and she continued working in the outdoor industry while they raised their two kids. School funding concerns led Val to become active in the local Parent Teacher Organization, and, in 2009, she was appointed to a seat in the Oregon House, representing Junction City and West Eugene.
Val soon rose to the position of House Majority Leader, where she led successful efforts to increase Oregon’s minimum wage, pass paid sick days legislation, implement our Clean Fuels program, and invest tens of millions of dollars into career and technical education in schools across the state. Now, she is bringing that record of delivering for working Oregonians to her campaign for BOLI Commissioner.
As our next BOLI Commissioner, Val will be a tireless advocate for workers’ rights, civil rights, and anti-discrimination. She will fight wage theft and make sure that employees are paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. And, she will continue her work to improve our workforce development programs so that all Oregonians can gain the skills they need to earn a good living, and so employers will have the workforce they need to expand in our state.
Val has earned the support of Oregon’s unions, Planned Parenthood PAC, Basic Rights Oregon, the Sierra Club, and elected officials like Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. You can see the full list here.
Please join me in marking your ballot for Val Hoyle, and spread the word! Ballots need to be received by 8 p.m. on May 15th. Remind your friends and family!
Jeanne Atkins, Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon
The Democratic Party of Oregon filed an elections complaint Thursday, April 19, against Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, a Republican seeking election as state labor commissioner, a nonpartisan position.
In the complaint, party officials accuse Ogden of violating state elections laws by misrepresenting himself as the incumbent in the race against Democrat Val Hoyle for the open seat at the Bureau of Labor & Industries.
Did you miss our last meeting where over 100 attendees participated in a CD2 Democratic Candidate Forum??
View it here. Two part video.
Read about it as well: