Jordan Cove Terminal/Pacific Connector Pipeline
Update II – May 6 2019: State Department of Environmental Quality denies Jordan Cove Water Quality permit
They received thousands of public comments, the vast majority in opposition, and now have rendered a decision. That decision is DENIAL! On May 6, 2019, The state Department of Environmental Quality Western Regional Office in Eugene issued its decision to deny the permit application based on the conclusion that: “DEQ does not have a reasonable assurance that construction and operation of the project will comply with applicable Oregon water quality standards.” However, Jordan Cove has 20 days to request a contested case hearing and the decision to deny the permit was made without prejudice, meaning Jordan Cove can resubmit an application for 401 Water Quality Certification with DEQ.
Update I – May 6, 2019: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility and Pacific Connector Pipeline was issued on March 29th 2019. The study summary states:
“We conclude that constructing and operating the Project would result in temporary, long-term, and permanent impacts on the environment. Many of these impacts would not be significant or would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of proposed and/or recommended impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. However, some of these impacts would be adverse and significant. Specifically, we conclude that constructing the Project would temporarily but significantly impact housing in Coos Bay and that constructing and operating the Project would permanently and significantly impact the visual character of Coos Bay. Furthermore, constructing and operating the Project is likely to adversely affect 13 federally-listed threatened and endangered species including the marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, and coho salmon.”
The DEIS itself is 1120 pages, but is accompanied by 16 Appendices. These are all available for download from the FERC Jordan Cove web page. Testimony can be submitted from the same web page via the link: https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. The deadline for submission of comments is July 5th 2019.
In the News
Controversial Southern Oregon Energy Project Clears Big Hurdle by Liam Moriarty (March 29, 2019) Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland, Ore.
Jordan Cove LNG Project Entering Important Permitting Stretch by Jes Burns (Feb 3, 2019) OPB
Update March 14, 2019
From Hannah Sohl, Rogue Climate –
Once again, our community has taken a step forward in the fight to stop Jordan Cove LNG.
As a result of the overwhelming number of public comments received by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in opposition to Pembina’s “removal-fill” permit application for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, DSL announced a six month extension for further review. This delay is a huge setback for Jordan Cove LNG, and a win for southern Oregon.
In just two months, our communities submitted 50,000 comments opposing the project. More than 3,000 people spoke out against the project in public hearings across the four impacted counties and Salem,including impacted landowners, anglers, small business owners, tribal members, health professionals, and many more.
DSL will announce their decision by September 20, 2019, right around the same time that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be making a decision about the critical Clean Water Act permit.
Next up will be hearings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this spring. As a result of the Government shutdown, FERC has pushed back their environmental review and public comment period, which means we should have the next round of hearings in April or May. We will be sure to let you know when we know more!
Together, we are building a movement to win.
Update December 2018
On December 6th, 2018 the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) opened a 60-day public comment period for an important Clean Water Act permit known as the “Removal-Fill Permit”. DSL is one of several state agencies that can shut down the Jordan Cove LNG by denying necessary ‘removal-fill’ permits needed for dredging related to the pipeline and terminal.
You can help by submitting comments asking the Oregon DSL to deny Removal-Fill Permits for Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Pipeline and to help mobilize folks to public hearings in Oregon!
Online Comment Form for e-blasts and facebook, or make your own: https://nolngexports.good.do/DSL/DSLComments/
Tips for comments for Department of State Lands (DSL) review
DSL is required to determine whether
- the project is consistent with the protection, conservation, and best uses of the water resources of the state;
- the project is the practicable alternative with the least adverse impacts on the water resources; and
- the project does not unreasonably interfere with the preservation of waters for navigation, fishing, or public recreation.
- DSL is also required to review the public need for the project, the economic costs to the public, public health and safety, compatibility with existing land uses, and proposed mitigation for impacts to waterways.
Your comments should relate to these issues, other issues are outside the scope of the DSL review.
More information on what to include in your comments, a comment writing template and detailed information on project impacts to water ways on the comment writing guide link
SOCAN Comments to the Oregon Department of State Lands.
Jordan Cove DSL Hearing January 2018 Comments submitted by SOCAN Co-facilitator Alan Journet.