Water is Life honors the Water Is Life movement that began at Standing Rock. This hour is a space for conversations that include honoring and loving our water in many different ways, and standing up to protect it. You can listen at KEPW.org, or at 97.3 LPFM if you are in our service area in Eugene, Oregon. Water is Life is produced in Eugene by Jana Thrift and John Abbe.
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August 9th, 2017
(International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, aka Indigenous Day, and the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People)
Our first guest this month is Hafiz Leland, a leader in the Eugene Sufi community and the President of the board of the Interfaith Prayer Service (Facebook). As usual for the first part of our show we’ll be talking about water itself, including what it means to us experientially, metaphorically, and spiritually.
Our second guest is Ada Ball, a community member from the Siletz and Klamath Tribes. She will let us know what’s happening with the recently resurrected Pacific Connector Pipeline that would cut across the southern part of the state, and its accompanying terminal to store and export liquefied natural gas at Jordan Cove near Coos Bay. (Technical difficulties prevented us from including Emmalyn Garrett this month, also a water protector and originally from southern Oregon. Hopefully we’ll connect up with her on a future episode.)
One thing anyone can do right now is submit comments during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “scoping” process, telling them what you think of the project and what they should consider as part of the environmental impact statement they have to put together before they decide whether to permit the pipeline. Rogue Climate shows step by step how to submit comments to FERC. There are also state agencies which have to okay the project, we’ll update you on that in future shows. Right now besides submitting comments to FERC, it’s a good time to spread the word that the project is trying to make a comeback, and build up the movement to stop it.
Who’s fighting it?
- No LNG Exports – Facebook – Twitter – the largest coalition of groups fighting the pipeline
- Klamath Tribes against – LNG Fracking and The Pacific Connector
- Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Ancestral Lands & Waters Protection
- Rogue Climate – Facebook – Twitter
- Southern Oregon Rising Tide – Facebook – Twitter
- Stop Jordan Cove – Facebook – Twitter
- Some people have been fighting this project for years, some well over ten years. We’ll be revisiting the project and talking with more of the people working to protect us from it as things develop.
Some hashtags: #StopJordanCove #NoLNGexports #NoLNG and of course #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi!
Check back in the next day or so for links to sources for all of the news (reported halfway through the show).