The Jordan Cove project encounters another problem
WASHINGTON, DC – A controversial gas pipeline project in southwestern Oregon has received another heavy blow.
The Jordan Cove project has been underway for over a decade. The proposed pipeline would stretch 229 miles through Oregon, with a liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay.
Early last year, Pembina – the Canadian company overseeing the project – obtained federal approval to go ahead with the Jordan Cove project. However, that didn’t really give Jordan Cove the go-ahead. Pembina’s plans still had to be approved locally with state approval and more land acquisitions before construction could begin.
After the ruling, Jordan Cove was further hampered by the state through the Clean Water Act.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the project hit another roadblock. This time, the Oregon Land Use Appeal Board canceled two permits that would have allowed Pembina Pipeline to dredge protected areas in the Coos Bay Estuary.
“These land use reversals are other major hurdles at Jordan Cove LNG. They show that once again, Pembina has failed to demonstrate that the value of this project outweighs its impacts, ”said Phillip Johnson of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, a leading appeals organization. of LUBA to protect the Coos Bay estuary. “LUBA has upheld the regulations that protect Oregon’s estuaries, and we don’t think the Jordan Cove project can get around them. We hope Pembina accepts the reality that Jordan Cove should never be built. “