Feds Advance Oregon Gas Terminal Over State Objections

by | May 14, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reaffirmed its earlier approval of the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon, reported Courthouse News. The proposed project also includes construction of a 229-mile pipeline. The state government, tribal governments, landowners, and environmental organizations had petitioned FERC to reconsider its decision, given the project’s potential impact on the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals; wildlife including spotted owls, snowy plovers, marbled murrelets, salmon, and whales; wetlands; and coastal eel grass beds that serve as tidal nurseries for various species. FERC declined the requests, stating that the project is in the public interest. Status: FERC issued its decision on May 22, 2020

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