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FERC rejects Jordan Cove LNG project; opponents rejoice

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Federal agency says pipeline's impact outweighed any benefit

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COOS BAY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied Jordan Cove Energy Project's permit to operate a pipeline to carry natural gas through southwestern Oregon to a terminal on the Oregon Coast.

The pipeline and terminal were the central pieces of a controversial project to run the natural gas line from Malin to Coos Bay, where it would be processed at the terminal and the resulting liquefied natural gas exported by ship.

The 25-page ruling issued Friday said the project would have adverse impacts on landowners along the pipeline route, with little evidence to support the need for the line.

Opponents reacted with glee.

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“It’s incredible,” said Sarah Westover, a local anti-LNG organizer. “It’s fantastic news. ... This should be the end of the line for the LNG project."

Westover said the strong opposition and protests helped sway FERC’s decision. She said Oregonians would continue to fight other LNG pipeline projects.

“No LNG in Oregon,” she said. “No LNG, period.”

Robin Janssen, outreach director for Rogue Riverkeeper, said she thought there might be some opportunity for the company to appeal the decision. But she doubted the project could survive, as potential investors would be unlikely to stick with it in the aftermath of the ruling.

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