The Department of State Lands accepted Jordan Cove’s removal-fill permit application earlier this month, prompting a 60-day comment period to begin.
The agency is the administrative arm of the Oregon State Land Board and is responsible for permitting the removal or fill of material in state waterways.
Opponents to the pipeline say the Department of State Lands accepted an application that wasn’t complete.
“It’s huge, the stuff that’s not complete,” said landowner Stacey McLaughlin.
In a letter to State Lands coordinator Bob Lobdell on Dec. 4, an attorney for the landowners said that Federal Aviation Administration concerns about obstruction hazards should render the review incomplete.
Because the project would need major revisions in regard to the height of structures near the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, the letter said, the project designs are incomplete.
It also said that because there are sections where landowners aren’t allowing Jordan Cove on their property, there hasn’t been a complete analysis of water and wetland impacts for those areas.
“Mr. Lobdell will not be responding, nor will he be considering your submission as part of his completeness review of the Jordan Cove Energy Project removal-fill application,” said State Lands Director Vicki Walker to attorney Tonia Moro in an email. “Neither Oregon Revised Statutes nor Oregon Administrative Rules allow for the public to comment on a completeness determination before the Department.”
Jordan Cove submitted a revised version of the removal-fill permit on Nov. 7, after the Department of State Lands rejected the original application as incomplete last year, citing the needs for the project’s impacts on recreation in the bay, fill dimensions and volumes, wetland mitigation and fish passage requirements.
Public hearings are scheduled across the state in January, with one taking place in Douglas County. That meeting will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on January 9 at Seven Feathers Resort and Casino in Canyonville.
Comments can also be submitted online by emailing Department of State Lands Coordinator Bob Lobdell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Jordan Cove comments, Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE #100, Salem, Oregon.
The comment deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 3.