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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FERC Deals Severe Blow to LNG Project Strongly Opposed by Southern Oregonians
Dec. 9, 2016.
Contact: Hannah Sohl, Director Rogue Climate 541-840-1065
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Denies Rehearing of March 11, 2016 Denial of Permits for Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector LNG Pipeline.
The Federal Energy Regulator Commission (FERC) today dealt a severe blow to the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector LNG Pipeline that have been strongly opposed for years by a grassroots coalition of Southern Oregonians.
In today’s action, FERC denied a rehearing of the commission’s March 11, 2016 order that denied permits for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and pipeline.
“Today’s action shows that when Oregonians organize and speak out we can win,” said Hannah Sohl, director of Rogue Climate, one of the organizations involved in a broad coalition opposing the LNG project. “This order puts the public interest over the special interests of large out-of-state corporations interested only in short-term profit at our expense. Our state should be focused on creating good-paying jobs in improving energy efficiency and the expanding clean energy industry, such as solar power, not on new fossil fuel projects that hurt us all. This should be the end of this LNG project but we will have to remain vigilant to ensure that is the case.”
The LNG project would have trampled landowner rights, risked polluting more than 400 waterways, driven up energy prices, and created the largest source of climate pollution in the state.
FERC’s order today noted that the March 11 order found that “Pacific Connector failed to demonstrate a need for the project sufficient to outweigh the potential harm to the economic interests of landowners whose property rights might be taken by exercise of the right of eminent domain.”
FERC policy provides that fairness to affected parties requires that at some point there be a final determination on an application except in “extraordinary circumstances.” Landowners have long complained that their properties have been held hostage for years by the possibility of the pipeline crossing their land through use of eminent domain.
FERC notes in today’s order that “Pacific Connector had every opportunity to demonstrate market need. Nevertheless, it failed to do so over a three-and-a-half year long period, despite the issuance of four data requests by Commission staff seeking such information. As a result, we do not find that Pacific Connector’s request to reopen the record to file precedent agreements at this late date rises to the level of extraordinary circumstances that would overcome our need for finality in the administrative process. Pacific Connector’s request to reopen the record is denied."
The FERC Denial is linked here.
Read the denial here: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=14420783
Coalition Press Release: Coalition Applauds Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline
Klamath Tribes Press Release: FERC Upholds Their Original Decision to Deny the Jordan Cove Export Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline
News and Review: FERC denies rehearing on Jordan Cove LNG
Mail Tribune: FERC Upholds Denial of Pipeline Through Oregon
The World: FERC Denies Jordan Cove Rehearing
Veresen's Comments: HERE
July 8, 2016
July 2, 2016
June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016
The state of Oregon is delaying a decision on two permits submitted by the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline project. TheOregon Department of State Lands says it will take another five months to make a decision.
April 15, 2016
Oregon LNG informed city officials on Friday that the company will withdraw a proposed $6 billion terminal and pipeline project on the Skipanon Peninsula.
Mayor Mark Kujala said he was told by a company representative that Leucadia National Corp., the New York-based holding company behind the project, was no longer willing to bankroll the effort.
“That is exactly what I heard from Oregon LNG, is that they would be withdrawing the project,” Kujala said.
The mayor said he was told “the holding company — Leucadia — was no longer going to fund the project. So it sounds as though it was a funding or a financing decision that was made.”
Skip Urling, the city’s community development director, said he was told Oregon LNG would not proceed with an appeal of a city hearings officer’s decision to deny the terminal. The hearings officer had approved the pipeline portion of the project.
A hearing on Oregon LNG’s appeal was scheduled before the City Commission in early May.
Urling said he was informed “that they’re done. They’re not going to fight the hearings officer’s position.”
April 11, 2016
March 31, 2016
"...it has been quite an experience to learn what I’ve learned about natural gas and about energy. When we started this whole thing, it was about keeping someone out of our land and off of our property who didn’t belong here, it was about preserving and protecting the hard work that we have invested in. And it has grown way beyond that. It’s now not about us. It’s about protecting this planet. It’s about the responsibility that we have as our small part of this thing we call humanity, that we have a responsibility the future. And so I’ve been very actively involved and organized our community."
March 23, 2016
Jody McCaffree, executive director of the project opponent Citizens Against LNG, said by email Tuesday that she hadn’t had time to closely look at the JERA announcement, “but knowing the permitting, landowner, environmental and safety issues that Jordan Cove has not yet overcome after 12 years of scheming and trying, I would question anyone who would think that this is a viable project.
“Just wait until JERA does their own research. The Veresen news release states that this is just a ‘preliminary agreement.’ Enough said right there. JERA best be paying attention or they could be in for Hard Times in Paradise. The Jordan Cove project is one of the worst-sited LNG export proposals out there. Best to run, run away as fast as they can.”