Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Allie Rosenbluth, 541-816-2240,
Damon Motz-Storey, 303-913-5634,

Federal Approval of Fracked Gas Exports Not a “Green Light” for Jordan Cove LNG Construction in Oregon 

[Coos Bay, OR] — Earlier this week, the US Department of Energy (US DOE) signed an order authorizing the export of liquid natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. This decision has no weight on whether the proposed fracked gas export terminal will move forward. 

The project is missing multiple necessary permits from the state of Oregon and its conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being challenged by multiple parties in court.

“US DOE’s approval is insignificant and unsurprising. It does not change the fact that Jordan Cove LNG cannot move forward at this time. Pembina has been denied key permits from the State of Oregon and will never be able to show that Jordan Cove LNG qualifies for these permits that protect our communities,” said Allie Rosenbluth, Campaigns Director of Rogue Climate, a southern Oregon community organization. “Oregonians from across the political spectrum will continue to stand united until Pembina cancels the proposed fracked gas pipeline and export terminal for good.”

After 15 years, Jordan Cove LNG has failed to qualify for any of the necessary state permits to dredge Coos Bay for an LNG export terminal and to trench across Oregon for a 230-mile fracked gas pipeline. Pembina cannot move forward with construction of the project without key permit approvals from the state. The State of Oregon, Tribal Nations, landowners, and a coalition of community organizations have also challenged FERC’s approval of the project in federal court.

“The federal government is scrambling to prop up this failing project at a time when fossil fuel pipelines across the country are being canceled due to enormous, widespread outcry over harms to public health and safety,” said Damon Motz-Storey with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. “No amount of federal posturing will save Jordan Cove LNG from a similar fate like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, and Keystone XL pipeline recently suffered. Jordan Cove LNG would be a public health disaster at a time when we need to focus on defeating a viral pandemic.”

On July 3, impacted landowners sent a motion to the DC Circuit court requesting a “stay” (or pause) to ensure private property cannot be seized through eminent domain for this project that lacks permission to build.

The Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline would cut through 230 miles of southern Oregon land in four counties with over 400 waterway crossings. The project is widely opposed by multiple Tribal governments, scores of impacted landowners, crabbers and fishers on the southern Oregon coast, and many others from across the political spectrum throughout the region. The project would quickly become Oregon’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and would require the seizure of private property via eminent domain. After years of pushing for Oregon permits for the project, Jordan Cove LNG has failed to receive multiple necessary state authorizations and closed their southern Oregon offices earlier this year.