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LNG battle: 'A fight worth fighting'

By Sam Wheeler
Mail Tribune

Sides dig in as legal wrangling over natural gas terminal and pipeline begins to heat up

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Last week's federal go-ahead issued for the Jordan Cove Energy Project's liquefied natural gas terminal near Coos Bay and 230-mile supply pipeline across southwestern Oregon wasn't welcome news for those who have opposed the project since its inception in 2007.

The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday issued a conditional permit allowing the facility to export 800 million cubic feet of natural gas per day for 20 years to countries with whom the United States does not have established free trade agreements.

It was important but insubstantial progress, considering the project's laundry list of state and federal permissions that still must be obtained before any construction begins.

There also are a handful of groups in and outside Southern Oregon who hope the project never breaks ground.


"The Department of Energy's conditional approval was certainly something we were expecting and not surprised by," said Forrest English, program director for Rogue Riverkeeper. "I think it's safe to say we will challenge the upcoming environmental analysis, but we'll be involved in every step of the way."


"We're really disappointed by Wyden's reaction," English said. "He is not giving the state an opportunity to finish its review of the project before jumping in with his support on this one."


"I think there is still a number of hurdles remaining for Jordan Cove," English said. "There are rules that need to be followed; this is a complex process and it is going to take time ... we will continue to monitor the project and keep up what we're doing."

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