Happy New Year from Cascadia Forest Defenders! Here’s to another year of winning against corporations and their government puppets. As their power slips, they are more desperate than ever to desecrate our old-growth forests for the profit of few!
Our new year’s resolution? To stay in touch better with our broader community of rabble rousers–that’s you! Could you take 15 minutes to help us out today? (Hint: its not a donation request.)
Urgent Call to Action:Corporation from Canada want to build a Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. First, they must obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands granting so that they can dredge and fill sediment for trenches across 400 waterways including Coos River, Coquille River, Umpqua River, Rogue River, Klamath River, and Coos Bay. This permit allows them to destroy the riparian habitat so many of us have worked hard to conserve and restore. Those fracking corporations won’t stop!
Comments are due by 5pm on Friday, January 8th. It’ll only take a few minutes! If you’ve never sent comments before, it’s easy and fun! They can be intelligent or wing-nutty (our specialty). Comments are important to demonstrate the public is not apathetic: we care about our forests and will fight for them until the end.
The Department of State Lands is charged with protecting and conserving our waterways. See talking points below of why they should not issue a permit.
To submit comments, send an email to Bob Lobdell, firstname.lastname@example.org and Lorna Stafford email@example.com
Or you can mail hand-written notes to 775 Summer St. NE #100, Salem, OR 97301
Feeling lazy? You can easily submit pre-written comments here: Rogue Riverkeeper
You can find more information and example comments here: No LNG
~*~*~*~*Happy Fracking Holiday from CFD and Southern Oregon Rising Tide~*~*~*~*~
Some talking points you may want to include in your comments:
· Initial excavation of sediment material from wetlands and waterways followed by repeated assault during years of maintenance dredging
· Destruction of riparian areas that are currently used for both commercial (ex: family owned oyster farmers and fishers) and non-commercial purposes (ex: rafting adventures on the Rogue)
· Impacts of terminal include dredging of the bay, discharge of pollutants, and loss of habitat in Coos Bay affecting aquatic species like salmon, steelhead, lamprey, oysters and more
· Pipelines with low safety standards endangering populated areas within the blast zone
· Department of State Lands is mandated to conserve and protect the best use of our waterway and the only issue a commercial permit if it confirms with sound conservation and does not interfere with public health and safety.
· Waterways affected: Coos River, Coquille River, Umpqua River, Rogue River, Klamath River, and Coos Bay