Jordan Cove Terminal/Pacific Connector Pipeline

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

  1. the project is consistent with the protection, conservation, and best uses of the water resources of the state;
  2. the project is the practicable alternative with the least adverse impacts on the water resources; and
  3. the project does not unreasonably interfere with the preservation of waters for navigation, fishing, or public recreation.
  4. 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.

Facebook links to Hearings in Oregon:

Mon, Jan 7 – Klamath Falls Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/508462099666977/

Tues, Jan 8 – Medford Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969734209775843/

Wed, Jan 9 – Roseburg Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/267723077275442/

Thurs, Jan 10 – Coos Bay Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/640257143037910/

Tues, Jan 15 – Salem Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960731690678788/

Please feel free to reach out to Hannah Sohl of Rogue Climate at hannah@rogueclimate.org or 541-840-1065 if you have any questions about this public comment period or the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal/Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

Details from DSL on the Hearing itself:

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. for comment signup to begin. The hearing comment procedures and ground rules are below and available online as a PDF. Please contribute to a respectful setting and a productive public comment hearing by following the comment procedures and ground rules.

Comments may also be submitted:

  • By web form. Please note: attachments cannot be added to the web form.

  • By email to DSL at jordancove@dsl.state.or.usPlease note: this is a new email address. All comments submitted to the previous address were received and have been added to the comment record.

  • By fax to DSL Coordinator Bob Lobdell at 503-378-4844

  • By postal mail to Jordan Cove comments, Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. N.E., Ste 100, Salem, Ore.

The 60-day public review and comment period ends Feb. 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. All comments must be received by this date and time to be considered. 
The complete application is available for download on the DSL websitePlease note: the file is large and may be slow to download. Paper copies of the application are also available at the Coos Bay Public Library, the Sutherlin Library, the Winston Branch Library, the Jackson County Library, and the Klamath County Library.

Comment Procedures

  1. Sign up to speak. A sign-up table will be located at the entrance to the hearing room. The room will open at 5:15 p.m. for signup to begin. The hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.
  2. If you are older than approximately 65 and would like to speak early in the hearing, please indicate that when signing up. DSL will call these attendees up to provide comment first.
  3. Speakers will otherwise be called to speak in the order they signed up.
  4. Staff will call 5 people forward at a time. When your name is called, please come to the designated area and await your turn.
  5. One person will be called to the microphone at a time.
  6. Each speaker will have up to two minutes to make comments. Time will be monitored by a staff person. A one-minute-left alert will be provided. Speakers will be excused once they reach the two-minute mark.
  7. A staff person will be at the speaking table to accept any written materials the speaker wishes to submit.
  8. Final speakers will be called forward at approximately 7:45. The hearing will end at 8 p.m.
  9. All testimony will be recorded to be transcribed and added to the public comment record.
  10. If you change your mind, that’s ok. You can still submit comments in writing at the hearing by using a written comment card. But be sure to let the sign-up table know so they can adjust the schedule.

Ground Rules

All speakers must sign up to speak. Sign-up sheets will be available at the room entrance.
Be respectful of each other and DSL representatives.
Silence your cell phones. 
Signs, banners, placards, flags etc. are not allowed in the hearing room. 
Limit comments to two minutes. If you have more than two minutes of comments, please consider submitting your input in writing so all your thoughts are captured.
Be a respectful audience member. Silent expressions of support or opposition (such as “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” or raising hands) that do not disrupt speakers are ok. Please refrain from speaking or making noise in reaction to what someone else has said.
Do not engage in intimidating or disruptive behavior. Confronting, blocking, or otherwise interfering with attendees will not be tolerated. Conducting rallies or demonstrations within the hearing room will not be tolerated.
Ensure others have the opportunity to speak. DSL staff will monitor the number of people entering the room to comply with fire code. If full capacity is reached, the room will be closed to additional attendees until others depart. If you have spoken and the room is at capacity, please depart to allow others to enter.
DSL reserves the right to end the hearing at any time if disruptions interfere with the opportunity for participants to speak or if there is a safety risk.