In this episode, we spoke with someone in Siskiyou Rising Tide, about the long-term struggle which defeated the Jordan Cove Pipeline, a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the Pacific Northwest which was declared dead in the water several months ago, when the Calgary based company Pembina pulled out of the project.
The fight against the Jordan Cove Pipeline last over 15 years and included Indigenous Nations, rural land owners, environmental groups, and anarchists. The struggle utilized a diversity of tactics and also went up against a massive counter-insurgency operation which sought to turn the local population against the campaign. The operation was financed by Pembina, the Canadian energy corporation behind the pipeline, which paid local law enforcement to conduct surveillance against anti-pipeline activists and also organize an AstroTurf campaign in support of the project.
The fight against the Jordan Cove Pipeline is important not only because it represents a successful campaign that went up against a massive energy corporation which was backed by the State, but also because it showed that people across lines of race and geography could come together and fight a common enemy.
More Info: Rising Tide, Paid by the Pipeline: A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit from The Intercept, and Jordan Cove Pipeline Protests: Is the FBI Still Spying on Activists? from Rights and Dissent.
photo: Siskiyou Rising Tide