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Jordan Cove Says Feds Should Issue Approvals Despite State Objections

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The proposed site of the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, OR.

The company behind the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project in southern Oregon says lack of approval from state agencies is no reason to delay giving the project the federal approval it needs. 

In a letter Monday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, Jordan Cove argues that the state of Oregon is mistaken.

Last week, officials with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development told Jordan Cove the controversial pipeline and LNG export terminal must have state permission in hand before FERC can give the federal go-ahead. So far, the project hasn’t received any of the approvals it needs from three Oregon agencies.

But Jordan Cove’s letter maintains the issues before FERC relate to different laws than those the state agencies dealt with. The feds should give the project a green light, Jordan Cove says, and then require the company to get state approval before actual construction can begin.

Last week, FERC voted 2-to-1 to delay a decision on Jordan Cove’s federal permits in order to further consider the state’s objections.

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. He served two stints as JPR News Director and retired full-time from JPR at the end of 2021. Liam now edits and curates the news on JPR's website and digital platforms.