The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development asks for public input on coastal impacts of Pembina’s application to build fracked gas pipeline and export terminal.
[SALEM, OR] Today, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) opened a 60-day public comment period on the coastal impacts of Pembina’s proposed Jordan Cove LNG project that has faced fierce opposition from impacted landowners, Tribal members, anglers, small business owners, health professionals, and many more Oregonians and Northern Californians.
DLCD is conducting a review on whether the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline are consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program. If DLCD finds the Canadian fossil fuel corporation’s fracked gas export project is not consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, the project cannot move forward.
In a letter from DLCD issued this May, the agency sent Pembina a list of 38 permits necessary for consistency that the company has not received. “A stay may be beneficial because the Program is a “networked” program that integrates authorities of local governments and other state agencies, and DLCD will not concur that a proposed project is consistent with the Program until the applicant has obtained the approvals from local government and state agencies with regulatory authority for the project listed in Table 2,” Director of DLCD, Jim Rue, wrote in the letter.
In the past year, more than 100,000 public comments have been submitted to local, state and federal agencies in opposition to the project. In May, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality delivered a potentially fatal blow to the project by denying Pembina’s application for the Clean Water Act Section 401 permit in an over 200-page brief about its impacts to state water resources.
In July, the State of Oregon submitted detailed comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission identifying many deficiencies in the draft environmental impact assessment. DLCD's section of the state comments (page 194) identified concerns regarding tsunami hazards, impacts to fish, and impacts to the local economy as a result of increased climate change.
“The Jordan Cove LNG export terminal would put thousands of people living on the Oregon coast in a hazardous burn zone. This proposal would also hurt jobs in the existing fishing industry by limiting access to the North Spit and damaging the water quality our fish and shellfish rely on,” said Mike Graybill former Manager of the South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve. “Pembina has not shown they can build this project without violating Oregon’s Coastal Zone MAnagement Program, and this permit should be denied.”
“Jordan Cove LNG would be a step in the wrong direction for Coos Bay,” said Sam Schwarz, Chair of the Coos Bay Surfriders and commercial fisherman. “Our coast offers incredible opportunities to kayak, surf, and fish, that the Jordan Cove LNG project would threaten and negatively impact our citizens, our livelihoods and our environment in the name of a corporate bottom line. The State of Oregon needs to protect that, not allow a Canadian fossil fuel corporation to steamroll our communities.”
DLCD must determine consistency by October 12, unless the company and DLCD agree to extend the decision deadline. Comments are due to DLCD on Saturday, September 21 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 634 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97301. Stay tuned for more information on comment writing workshops across Oregon.