Jordan Cove


Last week, a controversial pipeline and liquefied natural gas export proposal in southwest Oregon abruptly pulled out of a key state permit process. That left many observers wondering what Pembina, the Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove Energy Project, has in mind.

Company officials would say only that they’re looking forward to getting approval next month from federal authorities.

Susan Jane Brown is an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene, a non-profit that’s long opposed the Jordan Cove project. JPR’s Liam Moriarty asked her what she makes of the latest turn of events. 

Photo of Coos Bay with crane in background.
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The Coos Bay City Council voted to approve the latest step towards developing the Jordan Cove liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline on Tuesday.

Environmentalists working to defeat projects they see as harmful to the environment think of themselves as the "thin green line" holding back the fossil fuel industry.  The industry is active in the Northwest, seeking approval for several projects that will result in more fossil fuel consumption. 


The arguments over the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas plant (LNG) and pipeline are hot.  No surprise, given the plans for the export terminal near North Bend and the 200-mile-plus pipeline running to it. 

But it was a bit of a surprise when a British journalism organization revealed that LNG opponents have been monitored by law enforcement agencies.  The Coos County Sheriff's Office says it's only collecting items before the public, like on social media. 

But groups like Southern Oregon Rising Tide and Rogue Climate are not happy about it.

The plan for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant for Jordan Cove, near Coos Bay, is rolling further into regulatory review. 

The plan, resurrected after an earlier federal denial, requires a pipeline crossing the region from North Bend to the Klamath Falls area. 

State agencies make up a piece of the regulatory puzzle, and a comment period is now open on whether the state should issue a water quality permit. 

Michael Hinrichs is a spokesperson for the project. 


It's been a long odyssey for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) project proposed for the Oregon Coast near North Bend. 

The plan, resurrected after an earlier federal denial, requires a pipeline crossing the region from North Bend to the Klamath Falls area. 

State agencies make up a piece of the regulatory puzzle, and a comment period is now open on whether the state should issue a water quality permit.

The Army Corps of Engineers is also accepting comments.

Rogue Climate is one of several groups opposing the permit and the project. 

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Hydraulic fracturing to get oil and gas out of the ground--"fracking"--troubles a lot of people.  Including a majority of the city council in Lafayette, Colorado

The council adopted a Climate Bill of Rights and Protections last year, and is making other moves to keep fracking activities from starting within city limits. 

City Councilor Merrily Mazza is one of the fracking opponents, and she's taking her message on the road, to Medford last night (May 22), and to North Bend and Eugene Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Once more with feeling: the battle is renewed over the proposal for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal at North Bend. 

If built, Jordan Cove would take gas from a long pipeline across Western Oregon, chill it to a liquid, and pump it into ships for sale overseas. 

Last year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nixed the project.  Then Donald Trump moved into the White House and put new people in FERC.  So the applications have been re-submitted. 

Project opponents visited on October 11. 


The supporters of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal put their application in front of a federal agency.  The federal agency said no. 

Then the 2016 election changed the direction of the federal government.  Now the Jordan Cove project is alive again, at least on paper... papers submitted once again to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

We examine the arguments for and against Jordan Cove and its 200 mile pipeline in separate segments. 

In this one, you hear from opponents of the project about why they are dead-set against pipeline and terminal. 

Jordan Cove Backers Try Again

Mar 30, 2016
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There was a sense that the federal rejection of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and pipeline was not the final word.  And indeed, it was not. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--FERC--nixed pipeline and plant in part because they had not shown any demand for LNG overseas. 

Project managers recently announced an agreement for a Japanese utility to buy some of the gas from the proposed export terminal.  Appeal papers should be filed with FERC anytime now.

The fate of the Jordan Cove LNG plan is one of two big topics on this week's VENTSday. 

Tell us your thoughts on the rejection of the gas pipeline and export terminal plan... or, on this Sunshine Week, give your thoughts on openness in government (or the lack of it). 

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[Revised with Veresen response 3/12] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission delivered a potentially fatal blow to a plan to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Coos Bay area.  On Friday, FERC denied permits for the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and the Pacific Gas Connector pipeline proposed to run to it.

The LNG Fight Moves To State Regulators

Oct 26, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--FERC--removed a major obstacle to the building of the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal and pipeline recently. 

But the federal approval is not the final word. 

State authorities in Oregon still have to weigh in on the LNG plan, which includes a long pipeline running from the Klamath Basin to the Oregon coast. 

The Rogue Riverkeeper program takes a particular interest in the LNG project. 

Federal energy regulators have signed off on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in Southern Oregon. A final review published Wednesday says the Jordan Cove project won’t have significant negative effects on the environment.

The LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay would be the first on the West Coast. The 230-mile pipeline would connect the terminal to Rocky Mountain and Canadian gas supplies.

Pipeline Company Responds to FEIS

Sep 29, 2015

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas project clears another regulatory hurdle for the project.

We had already scheduled an interview with a representative of the company responsible for the pipeline.  

Then the FEIS landed about 90 minutes before the interview.

The project is bitterly opposed by environmental groups and welcomed by public officials in the North Bend area where the plant would be built. 

Williams, the company planning to build the Pacific Connector pipeline from Malin to North Bend, is trying to sweeten the pot by offering grants to local communities. 

LNG Opponents Prepare To "Hike The Pipe"

Aug 5, 2015

The opponents of the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal and pipeline are willing to go a long way to press their case.  232 miles, in fact. 

Pipeline opponents plan to "Hike The Pipe" later this summer, walking the entire length of the proposed pipeline route from the Klamath Basin to Coos Bay. 

They are collecting permissions from landowners and donations from supporters for the walk, scheduled for August 22nd through September 26th. 

LNG Opposition Takes To the Screen

Jul 9, 2015
36 Inches The Movie

Environmental issues frequently make news in our region.  But few issues can stir up passions with just three letters: LNG.

The proposal for a liquefied natural gas export terminal at North Bend and a 230-plus mile pipeline too is like nails on a blackboard to many people.

Including the ones who made a mini-documentary film about the pipeline: "36 Inches."

Heating Up The Gas Discussion

May 1, 2015
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The stakes are a bit higher in the quest to build--or stop--a liquified natural gas terminal on the Oregon coast, and a pipeline to it. 

A similar plan for Northern Oregon just got blocked by Clatsop county, and the supporters of that proposal plan to appeal. 

The Jordan Cove proposal for the Coos Bay area is still active, for the moment. 

Jordan Cove Backers Make Their Case

Mar 5, 2015

It's the top environmental issue in the region at the moment: the plan for a liquified natural gas export terminal near North Bend, and a long pipeline (230+ miles) to supply it. 

The Jordan Cove project has several regulatory hurdles to clear before any digging starts. 

Environmental groups are arrayed against it, and finding many similar opinions in the area. 

Jordan Cove Comment Period Comes To A Close

Feb 16, 2015
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A federal comment period on the Jordan Cove gas terminal plan just closed (Friday 2/13), and it closed with a bang. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--FERC--got a pile of comments in opposition, as well as some in favor. 

The Western Environmental Law Center and other environmental groups shepherded and encouraged thousands of comments taking issue with the plan for the terminal and a long pipeline to it. 

The opposition includes an objection to the process of fracking to capture the gas to be sent through the pipeline to the terminal.