Why is land list a secret?
The Pacific Connector pipeline is the chosen route to bring natural gas from the shale oil fields of the mountains west to a not-yet-built natural gas compression plant at Jordan Cove on Coos Bay, across the channel from the city of North Bend. Private pipeline developers have been granted the power of eminent domain to seize more than 300 parcels of private property which lie in the path of the 230-mile Pacific Connector route.
Jordan Cove developers argue in their application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that building the plant and pipeline are in the national interest, because unless foreign markets are found for U.S. natural gas, fracking in the Rockies will slow down or stop.
Aside from the obvious one about exactly why it’s in our national interest for a Canadian developer to make massive profits selling U.S. gas to China, a more practical question has arisen concerning the Jordan Cove project. Developers are denying property owners along the route the ability to contact each other. Property owners’ requests for the names of others along the route have been denied, because of “the threat of terrorism.” A moments thought makes it clear that a 100-foot wide scar on the landscape extending for 230 miles across nearly the entire state of Oregon is not going to be difficult for bad guys to locate.
There must be another reason why the developers don’t want the property owners facing eminent domain claims to contact one another. Could it be the insultingly low prices ($300/acre) being offered for destructive easements and the prospect of having massive amounts of explosive gas running under their property? Let’s hear from Jordan Cove. Why is it preventing property owners along the pipeline whose land it plans to seize from contacting each other?