Jordan Cove LNG
Southern Oregon communities defeat Jordan Cove LNG
After Years of Community Organizing, Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Fracked Gas Pipeline Project is Dead. In December 2021, Pembina, the Canadian company that tried to impose a fracked gas pipeline and export terminal on communities across Southern Oregon, today filed a formal request asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cancel its permit for the project.
The company’s pipeline and export terminal subsidiaries “have decided not to move forward with the Project,” the request says.
They “remain concerned regarding their ability to obtain the necessary state permits in the immediate future in addition to other external obstacles,” the filing adds.
Pembina’s cancellation of this project follows years of opposition from a broad coalition of Oregonians concerned about risks to health and safety, climate change, environmental impacts, landowner rights, impacts on indigenous communities, and the need to shift to clean energy jobs instead of expanding fossil fuel use. More than 50,000 Oregonians filed comments with state agencies when Pembina was unsuccessfully trying to show that it qualified for state permits. Tens of thousands attended public hearings over the past several years to express their opposition.
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For four years, Oregon LNG tried to force through a liquid fracked gas (LNG) terminal in Warrenton, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River. In 2016, devoid of public support and lacking financial backing, Oregon LNG canceled their plans. Citing concerns over the impact to salmon and local agriculture, county commissioners and members of the Oregon Congressional delegation joined community activists in opposing the proposal. The victory prevented the export of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of fracked gas, twice as much as Oregon uses each day.
Faced with intense public criticism and having lost the support of several port commissioners, China-backed Northwest Innovation Works canceled its proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma in 2016. The project, slated for the former Kaiser smelter site, failed to satisfy local concerns that the small number of new jobs were worth the public safety and environmental risks.
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