FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OUR LAND, OUR LIVES Exhibit Launches
Ashland, Oregon (May 28, 2019): Juliet Grable, Chris Molé, and James Parker are excited to announce the launch of Our Land, Our Lives, a physical and virtual exhibit which highlights the stories of Oregon landowners being impacted by the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation, the Calgary-based company that wants to build the pipeline, has been approaching landowners along the 229-mile route to acquire the necessary easements for construction and operation of the pipeline. Landowners who refuse to sell could face having their land taken through the exercise of eminent domain.
“This is a Canadian company that wants to export mostly Canadian natural gas to Asian countries,” says Grable, the project’s writer and photographer. “These landowners are concerned about the invasion of privacy, visual scarring, and safety and health risks posed by the pipeline, yet if this goes to eminent domain, they won’t be able to say no.”
Using visual imagery, film, and landowners’ own words, Our Land, Our Lives not only captures the landowners’ struggles, but their values, dreams, and strong feelings for their land.
“Though some news outlets have highlighted the stories of individual landowners, we felt that their voices deserved a dedicated platform,” says Parker, the project’s filmmaker. “We conceived Our Land, Our Lives so that people could connect with individual Oregonians and learn about the very specific ways their lives are being impacted by the proposed pipeline.”
Many of the landowners along the Pacific Connector route have been dealing with the looming threat of the project for nearly 15 years. The pipeline is currently being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of the Jordan Cove Energy Project.
Our Land, Our Lives will be on display at the FERC hearings in June. The exhibit is now available for other events and venues in the four affected counties. In addition, smaller versions of the exhibit panels are available for purchase. If you are interested in hosting the exhibit or ordering posters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artists:
Chris Molé, Graphic Designer
Chris Molé is a graphic designer in Ashland. In addition to designing books and creating distinctive branding for authors and independent publishers, Chris creates logos, branding, and collateral for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Juliet Grable, Writer and Photographer
Juliet Grable is a freelance writer based in Southern Oregon. She writes about resilience, clean energy, and the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities. Juliet has written for national and regional publications, including Sierra, Audubon, Earth Island Journal, 1859, and the Jefferson Journal.
James Parker, Filmmaker
James Parker is an international filmmaker and cinematographer based in Southern California. His passion for filmmaking has been cemented in capturing authentic human stories from all walks of life and has led him to work on projects in Singapore, Botswana, India, Sri Lanka, the UK and across the U.S.