PORTLAND, Ore. — Jordan Cove LNG now has the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) seal of approval for their Coos Bay terminal, according to a statement from USCG released on Friday.
The USCG assessment was requested by Jordan Cove to ensure that a terminal at Coos Bay—and the accompanying marine traffic—would be suitable.
“At this point, the waterway can accommodate the types of vessels associated with the proposed Jordan Cove LNG facility. We are working together to make sure that any resource issues are resolved through the Emergency Response Planning Process,” said Captain William Timmons, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River.
The Jordan Cove LNG project has received its share of criticism from environmentalists, Southern Oregon University college students, and Native American tribes who find the pipeline traveling on or near their lands.
However, the ultimate decision to approve the project lies with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). USCG approval of the terminal traffic is simply one more piece of documentation that will go before the FERC in order to inform their decision.
“We continue working with local officials and the port community to ensure that every measure is taken to ensure the excellent safety record of the marine transport of LNG is continued if an LNG terminal is built in Coos Bay,” said Captain Timmons.
According to USCG, they will be working with the FERC to develop an Environmental Impact statement for the Coos Bay area as well—addressing safety and security measures at the port.
If the facility is approved by the FERC, Jordan Cove LNG will be required to submit an Emergency Response Plan and Transit Management plans as well—identifying the resources necessary to support the Waterways Suitability Analysis and facility operation.