STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Federal regulators give Southern Oregon LNG pipeline narrow path to next step

A draft environmental review from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not deny the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline, but gave some strict guidelines for moving forward.

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 2:39 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 3:38 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline across Southern Oregon received a restrained nod from federal regulators on Friday, paving the way for the pipeline construction plan to move forward in the approval process.

In a draft environmental impact statement on the Jordan Cove Energy Project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ultimately said that the project could work to lessen its environmental impacts  — provided that the project's advocates follow the Commission's recommendations.


Credit: Jordan Cove LNG

"Based on our review . . . we conclude that constructing and operating the Project would result in temporary, long-term, and permanent impacts on the environment and a number of significant environmental impacts," the FERC said in the conclusion to its report.

"However, a majority of impacts would be less than significant due to the implementation of proposed and recommended impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures," the Commission continued. "As part of our review we developed measures that would appropriately and reasonably further avoid, minimize, or mitigate environmental impacts resulting from construction and operation of the proposed Project.

"Therefore, we recommend that these measures be attached as conditions to any authorizations issued by the Commission."


CLICK HERE for NewsWatch 12's recent story on the proposed pipeline — and what those for and against it have to say.


Opponents of the project were quick to fire back.

“This project threatens our watersheds, forests, culture, ancestral homelands, burial sites and future. We have been here since time immemorial and will not let our home be violated for a fossil fuel corporation’s short term profit,” said 16-year old Ashia Wilson of the Klamath Tribe’s Youth Council. “FERC and Governor Brown need to listen to my generation and my Tribe’s call to stop the project now.”

Rogue Climate, an activist group that has long opposed the LNG project, argued that the project had been denied before by the FERC, and should be turned away again. The organization alleges that a pipeline would contribute to climate change, pollute waterways, and disenfranchise landowners along a proposed path that stretches across Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath counties.

“FERC already denied this project because of the harm it would cause to me and other landowners impacted by eminent domain for this private corporation,” said Russ Lyon, a landowner in Douglas County who says he would be impacted by the project. “We are still here. FERC needs to reject permits again and end this nightmare.”

Pembina, owners of the Jordan Cove project, lauded the review as another step toward a huge investment in the Southern Oregon economy, and indicative of its commitment to the local environment.

"Publication of the DEIS and start of the public comment is further evidence of the continuing momentum behind Pembina’s proposal for a $10 billion investment in Jordan Cove and Southern Oregon," the company said in a statement.

"Pembina is carefully reviewing the extensive document received today," it continued. "We can, though, reconfirm three important things: Pembina’s commitment to protecting the environment and meeting all state and federal requirements, working with landowners and communities on issues important to them, and that we are confident that our application will successfully meet FERC’s strict approval criteria when they make a final decision in January 2020."

With the draft environmental review completed, the project now enters a public comment period until July 5. Those who wish to comment can either submit statements online, send a paper copy to the FERC offices in Washington, D.C. (reference Project docket numbers CP17-494-000 and CP17-495-000) , or attend public comment sessions that have yet to be announced.


The video below from Jordan Cove LNG explains what liquefied natural gas is:

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42808

Reported Deaths: 664
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah9292163
Marion5929108
Washington583877
Umatilla337645
Clackamas317265
Lane241927
Malheur192738
Jackson17076
Deschutes113613
Yamhill100115
Linn81615
Polk65715
Jefferson6059
Morrow5457
Lincoln51713
Union4682
Benton4456
Klamath4173
Douglas3598
Wasco34816
Hood River2771
Columbia2691
Josephine2693
Coos2510
Clatsop2440
Baker1253
Crook1102
Tillamook700
Curry581
Wallowa462
Lake380
Harney340
Sherman190
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler20
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 914888

Reported Deaths: 17460
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3020777027
Riverside669931303
San Bernardino633671073
Orange589801454
San Diego55210877
Kern33928416
Fresno30969439
Sacramento25601491
Santa Clara24425392
Alameda23471462
San Joaquin21729489
Contra Costa18763242
Stanislaus17714398
Tulare17590288
Ventura14330165
Imperial12967336
San Francisco12189140
Monterey1141990
San Mateo11198159
Santa Barbara9827122
Merced9531155
Sonoma9494136
Kings826483
Solano744576
Marin7096129
Madera503774
Placer420757
San Luis Obispo417432
Yolo321959
Butte309552
Santa Cruz280825
Napa196616
Shasta195431
Sutter186512
San Benito144215
El Dorado13514
Yuba132310
Mendocino113621
Tehama8928
Lassen7661
Lake69816
Glenn6713
Nevada6238
Humboldt56810
Colusa5516
Calaveras34218
Amador33116
Tuolumne2754
Inyo23115
Siskiyou2050
Del Norte1801
Mono1802
Mariposa792
Plumas700
Modoc360
Trinity270
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 37°
Brookings
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 53°
Crater Lake
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 22°
Grants Pass
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 30°
Klamath Falls
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 22°
Cold morning, warm afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events