Saturday, March 12, 2016

FERC Denies Jordan Cove Project!!

Huge Victory! FERC Denies the Jordan Cove Project! 

Today we received amazing news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay and its associated Pacific Connector Pipeline! This is a huge victory for our campaign, landowners, and the state of Oregon. 
Here is the link to FERC's statement today http://www.ferc.gov/CalendarFiles/20160311154932-CP13-483-000.pdf

Below are the basis for their decision. 
"Because the record does not support a finding that the public benefits of the Pacific Connector Pipeline outweigh the adverse effects on landowners, we deny Pacific Connector’s request for certificate authority to construct and operate its project, as well as the related blanket construction and transportation certificate applications.
Because the record does not support a finding that the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal can operate to liquefy and export LNG absent the Pacific Connector Pipeline, we find that authorizing its construction would be inconsistent with the public interest. Therefore, we also deny Jordan Cove’s request for authorization to site, construct and operate the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal."
A large coalition of organizations, concerned citizens, landowners, climate activists, conservationists, business owners and more have worked tirelessly to raise awareness around this misled proposal. The campaign has grown hugely over the last year making this project one of the most controversial fossil fuel export proposals in the country. 
While there will be more to do in the coming months, this decision is a huge win for our campaign! Thank you to all who wrote comments, attended hearings and meetings, came to events, made phone calls, donated money, and simply cared. People power has made all the difference. 
We will keep you posted on next steps but for now...we celebrate!
Thank you!

Bloggers comment.  This was a long hard battle by the folks in Southern Oregon who didn't want a pipeline and an export terminal on our coast.  This was a Canadian company exporting American natural gas to Asia.  They would have had the power of eminent domain to force it on private landholders.  It would have damaged many water features along the route.  Much gratitude to Rogue Riverkeeper for leading the fight to stop this project.