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.”

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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PickNGrin
PickNGrin

Heard a ton of public comments in opposition to this project at the Wed 14 Dec County Commissioners meeting. As I understand it, the County Planning Dept is currently providing a 45-day public comment period for a conditional use permit? Chris Boice- Douglas County Commissioner, did you say it's an "administrative" action? Can someone clarify and tell me more? How does the public get officially involved in commenting (i.e. not on facebook)? Who do the comments go to, and by when? I haven't seen anything about this comment opportunity in the "Legal Notices" section of the News-Review. Thank you.[whistling]

Mogie
Mogie

Saying that natural gas is clean is sort of misleading. It produces less pollution then some other forms of energy but still it produces pollution. Is this natural gas coming from renewable sources? If it is so safe why are we told not to use this indoors?

Mogie
Mogie

Natural gas is a highly flammable substance and it needs to be produced in highly managed circumstances.
Creating and managing the pipelines used to transport natural gas can be costly.
Natural gas is considered to be a non-renewable energy source and will run out eventually if our current usage levels continue.
Natural gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless which can make finding potentially hazardous leaks difficult.

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