Klamath Falls, Ore. – The debate over the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Project continued Thursday in Klamath Falls.
A crowd of about 50 people attended a noon protest.
The rally was organized in conjunction with ‘No LNG Statewide Lobby Day’.
“They’re willing to disrupt the earth, disrupt the coast, and they say they can put it all back together again.” States Teresa Wilson of Klamath Indivisible. “And I don’t think that’s possible.”
The rally was held in front of an office opened by Pembina in Klamath Falls last November.
Tasha Cadotte of Pembina says the company is open for discussion. “The whole purpose is to be transparent, and to be open with people. There’s a lot of misinformation that has gone around on this project, and we want people to get the facts – we want people to come and visit us.”
The proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline would extend 229 miles from Coos Bay, to the Tuscarora pipeline hub near Malin in southern Klamath County.
The proposed route crosses sections of Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath Counties.
Jackson County commissioners have come out against the proposal, while both Klamath County commissioners and the city of Malin are supporting it.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.