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Feds say environmental and safety impacts of Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay can be mitigated

By Ted Sickinger
Oregonian

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday issued its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement for the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project

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Federal energy regulators have concluded that there are limited environmental and public safety impacts from the construction and operation of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, and they could be mitigated to less than significant levels.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday issued its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement for the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project. The conclusions are similar to its previous determination when Jordan Cove was proposed as a gas import project.

Opponents dismissed FERC's "no big deal" conclusion as par for an agency that they say has rubber stamped most similar applications and considers its job to facilitate the development of projects like Jordan Cove.

"We're still waiting to hear from the agencies whose job it is to protect these resources," said Forrest English, program director for Rogue Riverkeeper. "They have a lot of hurdles left. It's going to be significant when we hear from Oregon DEQ, the National Marine Fisheries and Oregon Fish and Wildlife. FERC is not a natural resources agency."

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