- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed pipeline across southwestern Oregon to carry natural gas to Coos Bay for export are planning a 232-mile hike highlight issues with the route.

The hike is organized by a group called Hike the Pipe, and starts Saturday in the Klamath County community of Malin, where the Pacific Connector Pipeline route begins.

Spokeswoman Grace Warren says the hike culminates Sept. 26 with a protest in North Bend.

She says hikers will be following the route where a 95-foot wide corridor would cut through federal forests, across 400 water courses, and private property.

The $7.5 billion project would carry natural gas from the Rockies to a terminal on Coos Bay for export to Asia.

A final decision on the pipeline is expected by the end of this year.

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