The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt another blow to the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Pipeline on Tuesday.

Canadian developer Pembina had sought to waive a required Oregon Department of Environmental Quality permit.

But FERC rejected that argument Tuesday, upholding the DEQ’s decision to deny a permit under the Clean Water Act.

According to the FERC decision, outlined in a meeting summary, the developers never requested certification from the DEQ to begin with.

The decision was greeted as a win by landowners whose properties lie in the proposed pipeline’s path, as well as environmental groups opposed to the project.

“The evidence in the record was clear, FERC had no choice other than to deny Pembina’s request to waive Oregon’s 401 water quality authority,” said Stacey McLaughlin of Myrtle Creek. McLaughlin owns property in the pipeline’s proposed pathway.

“Any approach to seeking approval of its Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Project without proper permits compromises the safety of Oregon’s landowners. Pembina is proving it cannot be trusted — this is not a characteristic seen in a ‘good neighbor,’” McLaughlin said in a press release.

It was the latest in a long roller coaster ride of approvals and denials for the project.

The project involves creating a 36-inch pipeline that would cross 229 miles in four southwestern Oregon counties, including Douglas County, to transport natural gas to a Jordan Cove liquefaction plant in Coos Bay. From there, the gas would be loaded onto ships for export to Asian markets.

Tuesday’s decision was a turnaround for FERC, which had in March 2020 approved a permit for the project.

Dylan Plummer, grassroots organizer with Cascadia Wildlands, said for the past 15 years the proposal has threatened landowners, waterways, forests and imperiled species across southern Oregon.

“Today, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief, and tomorrow we will redouble our efforts to end this project for good,” Plummer said.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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LoveThisPlace

“Good point, it is almost as if our elected officials do not represent us.”... Which “us” are the elected leaders supposed to represent? My guess is people making comments like this didn’t vote for them in the first place, so maybe they are representing “us” that did? Could it be they ARE representing the majority? How do you propose they represent both in an example like this one? They can hear both sides, but eventually have to make a decision, its what they are paid to do.

Mike

At one time, I voted for all of them except Sen. Heard. Won't happen again.

smedleyb

LTP, this project would involve taking private property for private gain by eminent domain. In November of '06 the Citizens of Oregon voted to oppose an eminent domain grab of this kind. In Douglas County a full 78% of the voting citizens oppose this action. That point of view should have been the position the elected officials took. Unfortunately that supported the money interest of the area.

Remember always that to these officials "Money Talks and Male Bovine Droppings Walk"!

mworden

Good news for Douglas County property owners and anyone who cares about the environment.

familyfarm

Without the governor holding the line and making state agencies do their due diligence, this would be a done deal and local landowners would be facing condemnation. The local politicians sure weren't standing up for their constituents.

Mike

After receiving significant campaign contributions from Jordan Cove, Sen. Heard, Rep. Lief, Commissioner Boice, Commissioner Freeman and Commissioner Kress ALL discarded the voters who put them in office and threw their support behind Jordan Cove.

Roseburgonian

Good point. It is almost as if our elected officials do not represent us. Maybe we should continue voting the same people and their families into office so that they can continue their revolving door policy making!

Mike

It's more like our elected officials accepted a bribe to no longer represent us. The best politicians money can buy.

smedleyb

GOOD!!!!!!!

Mike

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