A sense of deja vu permeated a hearing Wednesday in Medford, where opponents and supporters of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project gave testimony to federal regulators.
Many community members who showed up early had been through this before.
A previous incarnation of the LNG project was denied under the Obama administration a couple of years back — before it was resubmitted for federal reconsideration after the more industry-friendly presidency of Donald Trump began in 2017. Jordan Cove backers should know by early 2020 whether their latest push to get the project approved will be successful.
“It’s been a long road. We’ve been involved in this for 14 years, and 14 years is too long to put any landowner with the threat of eminent domain on our property,” Deb Evans, a landowner along the pipeline route in Klamath County, said at a rally against the project before the hearing.
The Canadian company Pembina is seeking permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a 230-mile natural gas pipeline and export terminal. The project would run across four southwest Oregon counties, with the terminal planned near the Oregon port town of Coos Bay. At the terminal, natural gas from the Rockies and Canada would be liquefied and loaded onto ships, likely bound for Japan and China.
If built, the fossil fuel project would be Oregon’s largest emitter of heat-trapping gasses, like carbon dioxide, which are causing longer wildfire seasons, drought and ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest.
Southern Oregon Turns Out To Weigh In On Controversial LNG Project
by Jes Burns | OPB | June 26, 2019
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