Setting the Record Straight
Myth: The Port will shut down when an LNG tanker is at the Jordan Cove facility
FACT: This is completely false. The Port does not shut down and fishing fleets will still be able to operate. When an LNG ship is moving through the channel, all boats must move to the side to let it pass (or stay situated if they are not in the direct path of the LNG carrier), similar to what happens today when a chip ship moves through the channel. Additionally, all LNG ship transits will be posted at least 72 hours in advance so commercial and recreational fleets have ample notice to plan their schedules.
Myth: Workers from other states will get all the jobs
FACT: Oregonians are qualified for construction, operation and maintenance jobs associated with Jordan Cove and will be considered first for employment. Reports show that roughly 80 percent of the LNG construction workforce and roughly 60 percent of the pipeline construction workforce could come from Oregon. Additionally, the project will hire local vendors and source locally from qualified businesses.
Myth: LNG pipelines leak and contaminate soil
FACT: The pipeline does not hold LNG. It holds regular natural gas, just like the other 18,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in Oregon. Natural gas does not contaminate soil, nor does it spill and pool like oil. The pipeline is built with sophisticated sensory equipment that can detect leaks or even slight dips in pressure. It is outfitted with both manual and automatic shut-off systems that will kick in if a problem is detected.
Myth: Landowners oppose the pipeline and eminent domain will be used for the majority of properties
FACT: More than 100 landowners who have signed voluntary agreements to have the pipeline buried on their properties, and more are signing up each month. Jordan Cove is working in good faith with affected property owners and is evaluating adjustments to the pipeline route. The project only needs an easement agreement to bury the pipeline underground. Jordan Cove does not own the property itself.
Myth: The pipeline will destroy the Rogue River and other rivers it crosses
FACT: The pipeline will not harm the Rogue River or other rivers, and FERC confirmed that fact in its final environmental impact statement. The pipeline will be situated deep beneath the riverbed (50-200’ below) and have no long-term impact on marine life or recreational activities. In fact, the local natural gas company safely installed a similar large pipeline under the Rogue River in 2010 with no safety issues, impact to the marine environment or opposition from the community.
Myth: Jordan Cove will be washed away in a tsunami
FACT: Jordan Cove will be well above the tsunami line as required by FERC and other federal agencies. The property will be elevated roughly 40 feet higher and outfitted with state-of-the-art technologies to withstand a 9.3 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and the resulting tsunami waves.
Myth: Jordan Cove interferes with Oregon’s pursuit of developing renewable energy
FACT: Jordan Cove absolutely does not hinder renewable energy development. It is not an “either-or” argument, like activists claim. Jordan Cove supports renewable energy development in Oregon and participates in green energy programs.
Myth: Jordan Cove doesn’t have the customers to make the project viable
FACT: Jordan Cove has agreements with two highly experienced and credible Japanese customers, one of which is the largest LNG buyer in the world. Their commitments account for at least 50 percent of the LNG capacity from Jordan Cove. Additional LNG customers will be signed on during the public permitting process.
Myth: The pipeline will cause property values to decrease
FACT: There are public and private sector reports spanning decades of research that confirm buried natural gas pipelines do not cause property values to decrease.
Myth: Jordan Cove doesn’t have the money to build the project
FACT: Jordan Cove will be able to secure private funding from credible financial institutions as well as draw on its own capital. The cost of the project is backed by the 20-year agreements signed with customers. The project does not use any taxpayer money.