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Environment, Energy and Transportation

Feds Decline To Withdraw Jordan Cove LNG Permits

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An artist's rendition of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Federal energy officials say they won’t reconsider their conditional approval of a liquified natural gas pipeline and coastal export terminal in Southern Oregon.

The long-running saga of the Jordan Cove Energy Project is about to move to the federal courts.

Last month, a raft of environmental groups, tribes and landowners were joined by several Oregon state agencies in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to withdraw or re-hear the Jordan Cove decision.

In March, FERC gave the project a go-ahead, as long as it met a lengthy list of conditions before beginning construction of a 229-mile long pipeline and an export facility in Coos Bay.

Opponents say the commission’s approval was procedurally flawed and violated several federal environmental laws.

Thursday, by a 3-1 vote, the commissioners rejected those arguments.

Now, with their administrative appeals exhausted, opponents have 10 days to challenge the decision by filing suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.