On Dec. 17 immediately after learning that federal regulators had approved the pipeline project from Coos Bay to Southern Oregon, Governor Kulongoski and Attorney General John Kroger announced Oregon will request rehearing of the decision authorizing the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import facility and associated Pacific Connector pipeline.
“Today’s decision by FERC does not address Oregon’s very real concerns about the environmental impact of the pipeline associated with the proposed LNG facility,” said Kulongoski. “The information guiding this decision is woefully inadequate to license a project with such profound potential impacts on the lives of Oregonians and we will appeal to FERC to ensure the people of Oregon’s concerns are fully addressed.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 3-1 on Dec. 17 to approve the project.
The Governor and Attorney General’s concerns include the unresolved issues around the Energy Policy Act of 2005, specifically the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Oregon maintains that FERC should not issue any license for the LNG facility or associated pipeline until those approvals have been obtained.
As with the Bradwood Landing LNG facility, the request for rehearing filed by the Governor and the Attorney General will exhaust the administrative options before Oregon appeals FERC’s decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The state expects to file its request for reconsideration with FERC by January 19, 2010.
Also on Dec. 17, the City of Shady Cove passed Resolution 9-31 which says:
“A resolution of the City Council of the City of Shady Cove, Oregon opposing the Pacific Connector Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline.
Whereas, the Pacific Connector liquefied natural gas pipeline may potentially have negative impacts on the environment, the health and safety of our citizens, fish and wildlife, rivers and land, and
Whereas, with Oregon receiving less then ten percent of the liquefied natural gas, the rewards are small and the risk is great; and
Whereas, the Pacific Connector liquefied natural gas pipeline is clearly not in the best interest of our community and the State of Oregon, and
Whereas, the primary sources of liquefied natural gas tends to be produced by countries with potentially unstable political dynamics.
The City Council of the City of Shady Cove Resolves as follows:
The City Council of the City of Shady Cove, Oregon opposes the Pacific Connector liquefied natural gas pipeline.
The resolution was signed by Mayor Ron Holthusen and attested to by Deputy Recorder Margaret Borgen and approved on a 5-0 vote.