Urgent Action Needed on Jordan Cove LNG
I’m writing to give you a short update on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline, and ask you to take a quick moment to send an urgent letter to Governor Kitzhaber.
Recent admission by the energy companies that they want to export U.S. natural gas through southern Oregon adds more concern to an already problematic proposal. We are asking Governor Kitzhaber to direct the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) to deny the Port of Coos Bay’s application for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal.
On August 3, 2011, Governor Kitzhaber stated, “I fully expect and will demand that Oregon agencies with a regulatory role relating to LNG facilities scrutinize applications carefully, and deny applications that do not meet applicable state and local standards.”
DSL has announced it will make a decision on the Port of Coos Bay’s application for an enormous dredging project by this Friday, December 16th. It looks as if they are going to approve the permit. If DSL grants this permit, with an incomplete and outdated application, and with NO public hearing, the Governor and the State of Oregon would sidestep an opportunity for the state to have a legitimate permitting process.
Your participation is imperative to protect communities all along the pipeline route and Coos Bay.
DSL received more than 3,000 comments opposing the Port’s application and we need our Governor to stand with Oregonians.
Call and write Governor Kitzhaber Today. Tell Him You Support Strong Action to Stop LNG Exports.
Call the Governor and tell him:
The State of Oregon needs to scrutinize all applications carefully. In August, 2011 Governor Kithaber said, “I fully expect and will demand that Oregon agencies with a regulatory role relating to LNG facilities scrutinize applications carefully, and deny applications that do not meet applicable state and local standards.” We are asking the Governor to stand by his words, and require DSL to have a legitimate process by requring a curent and updated application for the Port of Coos Bay for an LNG EXPORT terminal.
The Port’s application to DSL is all about LNG. In the application from the Port to DSL, Jordan Cove LNG is listed as the purpose and need for the project. This permit is clearly about LNG – and it needs to be denied.
The state should require an updated and accurate application from the Port. The Port’s application discusses Jordan Cove LNG as an import terminal. Jordan Cove recently admitted their intention to export U.S. natural gas from Coos Bay and they just received a certificate from U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG. DSL should not give approval based on the Port’s outdated application. The Port should re-submit a new application with this significant new information.
LNG exports will harm Oregon. The Governor should take a firm stand against LNG exports, which harm landowners, salmon streams, forests, and would increase natural gas rates for all rate-payers.
DSL should immediately deny the Port of Coos Bay’s application for massive dredging and excavation in Coos Bay. The Port seeks a permit to dredge 5.7 million cubic yards for a berth that would be used for LNG exports. The application should be denied because it is misleading and it harms Oregonians.
Governor John Kitzhaber
Richard Whitman, Natural Resources Policy Director,
Brett Brownscombe, Natural Resources Policy Advisor,
Governor's Natural Resources Office
State Capitol Building
900 Court Street NE, Suite 160
Salem, OR 97310
Click here to send a letter or write the Governor directly, then call their office and tell them again.
General update on other permits: As you probably know, our suspicions that the LNG project in southern Oregon is really for the exportation of natural gas as opposed to import were spot on. Just last week the U.S. Department of Energy granted Jordan Cove a certificate to export LNG (article here). In the same week, the State of Oregon’s Department of Justice sent a strong letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting that they restart the application process now that the project has changed from import to export (Oregonian article, here, and Mail Tribune editorial, here). This is a great move from the state, but we need them to be as vigilant in their permitting process as they are requesting FERC to be.
Thank you for taking action on LNG. Please contact me if you have any questions.