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Public sounds off on gas pipeline

By Vickie Aldous
Mail Tribune

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fielded questions Thursday night about a controversial natural gas pipeline proposed for southwest Oregon.

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Residents opposed to a natural gas pipeline through southwest Oregon begged state and federal officials to deny permits for the project on the grounds it would harm waterways, hurt the public interest, increase pollution and contribute to global warming.

More than 350 people packed a standing-room-only meeting at North Medford High School Thursday night in which Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives fielded questions and comments.

A wide array of state and federal regulatory agencies need to sign off before construction can begin on the 232-mile Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and the Jordan Cove export terminal in Coos Bay. The pipeline would carry methane gas to Coos Bay, where it would be turned into a liquid natural gas state and exported, largely to Asian markets.

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