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Jordan Cove files formal application for liquefied natural gas export in Coos Bay

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian

Jordan Cove Energy Project filed its formal application Tuesday with federal regulators to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on the north spit of Coos Bay

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Jordan Cove Energy Project filed its formal application Tuesday with federal regulators to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on the north spit of Coos Bay.

The project's developers described this week's filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a "major milestone," though the company still has much of its permitting marathon to run.

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Before a shovel is turned, however, the controversial project needs to navigate a labyrinth of local, state and federal permits, and fend off aggressive opposition from local landowners and environmentalists.

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LNG opponents say they plan to be dogged.

"We're still very concerned that FERC is a big rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry, "said Robyn Janssen, clean water campaigner with Rogue Riverkeeper. "And we're still very concerned about exporting natural gas based on the impact it will have on our waterways, our land, our salmon and steelhead, gas rates and U.S. businesses that use natural gas. We plan on being fully engaged."

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