Jordan Cove LNG Battle Will Continue
December 9, FERC) issued its final denial of the project. Oregon Shores has been deeply involved in opposing this $7.6 billion scheme, which we consider a major threat both to the environment and to human health, for more than a decade. For a moment this seemed like a major victory, all the more so when, four days later, Jordan Cove withdrew its application for the South Dunes Power Plant (nearby on the North Spit), which had been before the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council. Oregon Shores, together with the Crag Law Center, our partners in the Coastal Law Project, was in the midst of a “contested case” process attempting to block this power plant, which would have supplied the energy needed to compress natural gas into LNG.
Oregon Shores, together with many allies in the anti-LNG coalition, has been working to oppose this development for more than a decade. The long federal approval process now starts over again. After an ever-so-brief respite, Oregon Shores will continue to oppose this ill-advised project at the federal level.
Our shorter-term strategy is to continue to press state agencies to complete their review of the project as proposed and reject it. This would strengthen the case against a new application at the federal level. While whatever new version is proposed may differ somewhat from the scheme we have battled all these years, in terms of both its unacceptable impacts to the estuary and its threat to the well-being of the Coos Bay-North Spit communities it will be essentially the same, so state denials of dredge-and-fill and water quality permits would indicate that any new proposal will still not pass muster with Oregon.