WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (LID) – Federal regulators moved on the environmental review of a controversial proposal to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Southern Oregon.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is preparing a draft environmental impact statement for the pipeline project for which Jordan Cove Energy Partners LP is seeking a 234-mile pipeline route to transport gas from a proposed $4.5-billion export terminal at the Port of Coos Bay to the small town of Malin, near the California border.
The proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline would serve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Jordan Cove and a LNG export facility in Malin. At the terminal, super chilled natural gas would be off boarded from supertankers, warmed and moved as a gas via pipelines.
The subterranean Pacific Connector pipeline would carry about 1 billion cubic feet of LNG, sought ultimately for wide-open markets in Asia.
Recently, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) successfully sought a 30-day extension of the public-comment period, to Oct. 29.
Since Tulsa, Okla.-based The Williams Companies ($WMB) and partner Veresen Inc. ($VSN), a Canada-based energy-infrastructure and development company, filed their proposal in 2006, debate over the project has raged in Southern Oregon.
While proponents say the project will bring much-needed jobs and tax revenues to Southern Oregon, critics often say they worry of potential environmental harms, including disturbances of endangered species.
In July, a three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals heard a case challenging a separate LNG project. Specifically, an 85-mile pipeline proposed in for Northwest Oregon. The case is Oregon Pipeline Co. LLC v. Clatsop County,(Or. Ct. App. 2012).