Jordan Cove LNG announced this morning that it plans to file a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“We’ve always been dedicated to building this project and we have the option to refile, so that is exactly what we plan to do,” Jordan Cove spokesman Michael Hinrichs said this morning, adding that the project will benefit Southern Oregon with a source of clean energy.
FERC denied the initial proposal for the 232-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in March 2016, and again denied Jordan Cove LNG’s request for a rehearing last Friday.
While Hinrichs remains optimistic that the project will come to fruition, Round Prairie property owner Stacey McLaughlin said she hopes Jordan Cove doesn’t have a chance.
“I think that it’s craziness that they are chasing after a project and a process that is so far fetched and would devastate so much of our natural resources,” McLaughlin said. “It’s been told no so many times and it’s going to hit opposition and resistance at every single stage, well organized resistance that continues to grow.”
According to Hinrichs, the 2015 Final Environmental Impact Statement states the plan is environmentally responsible, and Jordan Cove has improved its design to reduce environmental impacts, no longer needing a power plant.
“We did a bunch of advanced engineering and listened to the community about the concerns they had, and our internal team wanting to maximize the efficiency of our project,” Hinrichs said. “We can generate the power we need by the LNG facility itself so we no longer need a power plant, which will reduce our air emissions profile.”
Jordan Cove LNG withdrew its application with the Energy Facility Siting Council to build a 420-megawatt power plant Tuesday.
“Jordan Cove’s announcement does not change the denial landscape that exists with FERC,” McLaughlin said. “Even though they are saying they do not need the South Dunes Power Plant it had nothing, nothing to do with the FERC decision.”
She said FERC’s decision was based on the lack of public need and the impacts to landowners who would face eminent domain.
“Clearly Veresen, Inc., has a gambling problem and frankly, I am sick and tired of being a victim to their speculative pastime that has the potential for life and death consequences to me and my neighbors,” she said.
According to Oregon State Senator Arnie Roblan, the pipeline would create tax revenue for schools and infrastructure, as well as provide natural gas to local southern Oregon buildings.
Jordan Cove LNG’s board of directors is currently working out a timeline for when the company will be able to refile.
“FERC said no once, FERC’s going to say no again, why would that change?” McLaughlin said. “For Jordan Cove it’s a pipe dream, for us it’s a pipe nightmare.”