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Environment, Energy and Transportation

Jordan Cove Lawsuits Take The Fight To Federal Court

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An artist's rendering of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. This is a view of the Processing Facility, Marine Slip and Corridor from the Northwest.

The next phase of the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project is now moving to the federal courts. Opponents say the proposal doesn’t meet state and federal environmental laws.

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a barrage of appeals from opponents of the Jordan Cove project.

Now, with their administrative appeals exhausted, a coalition of environmental groups has filed suit to overturn FERC’s approval of the proposed pipeline and liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwest Oregon.

The suit argues the commission failed to properly consider environmental and other impacts the facility would have.

A group of landowners who stand to lose property to the pipeline through eminent domain filed their own suit late last week. And several tribal governments, as well as the State of Oregon – which has not issued any of the crucial state permits the Jordan Cove project needs -- are likely to sue, as well, in the coming days.

Jordan Cove officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.