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FERC issues Jordan Cove's draft environmental impact statement

November 07, 2014 7:01 am  •  

COOS BAY — The first step of Jordan Cove's federal environmental analysis is complete.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline on Friday morning.

"We (i.e., the Commission’s staff) conclude that construction and operation of the Project would result in some limited adverse environmental impacts. However, most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures we recommend in section 5.2," according to the document.

The liquefied natural gas export terminal would be capable of liquefying around 6.6 million tons of LNG per year, using a supply of nearly 1 billion feet of natural gas every day. It would be the first LNG export terminal on the U.S. West Coast, working primarily with Asian markets.

"We were unable to identify any other alternative port location on the Pacific Coast of the United States for an LNG export terminal that could meet the objectives of the Jordan Cove Project and that would have significant environmental advantages over Coos Bay," FERC staff wrote in the draft EIS.

Pacific Connector would feed natural gas to Jordan Cove from Malin, Ore. The natural gas would be produced in western Canada and the Rocky Mountains, which would come to Malin through the existing Ruby Pipeline and Gas Transmission Northwest. Pacific Connector would run through portions of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.

"Everything is as expected," said Michael Hinrichs, Jordan Cove's public affairs director. "It took long enough to analyze that nothing has been a surprise."

Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector had filed applications to FERC in May and June 2013, respectively.

"Release of the draft EIS marks the completion of another important milestone in our project schedule," said Don Althoff, president and CEO of Veresen Inc., Jordan Cove's parent company, in a news release.

The most recent delay after FERC released its timeline in July was the commission needing more information about Jordan Cove's vapor dispersion models.

"They just wanted to take the extra time and make sure that all of that modeling was perfect," Hinrichs said. "That led to basically a month, month and a half of additional work in making sure everything was right."

The draft EIS is designed to inform everyone, from FERC to the general public, about the project's potential "adverse and beneficial environmental impacts" and possible alternatives or mitigation measures.

Ron Sadler, retired BLM chief of forestry planning, worries this draft EIS will mimic the draft EIS that FERC issued for Jordan Cove in 2008, when it was projected to be an import terminal.

"If in fact they are utilizing the previous one to the extent they said they were going to do, it will be basically a replay of trying to defend an inadequate document," Sadler said. "What will remain to be seen is whether they have improved their process, because the previous EIS was a bald-faced attempt to evade the National Environmental Policy Act."

The draft EIS is required to be an objective analysis of all possible alternatives. Sadler is concerned this draft EIS will be "a justification for a preconceived decision."

In the document, FERC says Jordan Cove has several options to avoid negative environmental impacts.

"It looks like everything we identified as an impact can be mitigated," Hinrichs said. "Though there will be impacts, they can be mitigated to satisfactory standards to allow the project to go forward."

FERC will hold public comment meetings regarding the draft EIS in Coos County next month. Following the public comment period, FERC will issue a final EIS and decision.

"This is not the time to vote for or against Jordan Cove," Sadler said of the public comment period. "This is the time to hold FERC's feet to the fire, so to speak, and make sure they're furnishing what they're required to under NEPA."

Jordan Cove still needs a host of other permits before it can begin construction. See the chart below.

Citizens Against LNG executive director Jody McCaffree wants residents, particularly property owners along the proposed pipeline route, to dive into the draft EIS and look for inaccuracies.

"They (Jordan Cove) have their consultants say what they want the agencies to hear, not what's reality," she said. "FERC doesn't know. They don't live here, they just get what the applicant submits. The people, the property owners have got to comment. Nobody knows your property like you do."

She encourages people to comment intelligently.

"I don't think FERC wants the 'I don't want the project,' 'I do want the project' comments," she said. "They want to know what's wrong with this EIS: Did they forget something? Did they leave out data? Did they not consider something on the pipeline route that they should have? My 2008 draft EIS comments are proof that if you do it right, they do sometimes listen to you."

A final EIS is anticipated in early summer 2015. Sometime next year Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council will hold public meetings regarding Jordan Cove's 420-megawatt South Dunes Power Plant and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold air and water permit hearings.

"If all goes as anticipated and there are not any major delays or hiccups, we're looking at having full project approval from all agencies as well as internally ... by the end of 2015 so that we can start construction right after that approval," Hinrichs said.

See the draft EIS in its entirety here.

Here is what

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has to say about it:

Jordan Cove - Pacific Connect LNG Action Update 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Public Hearing: Thursday Dec. 11
6:00pm – 9:00pm. Rally at 5:00pm
Central High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave, Medford

If you are still wondering what this project is all about, here's a simple explanation of the impacts it will have on all of us that you can share with friends and neighbors.

It is very important that a LOT of people attend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hearing on the project on Thursday, Dec. 11 to make our voices heard about this project.  Please RSVP HERE and share the event on facebook.  

In addition to attending the hearing, you can: 

  • Sign a petition asking FERC for a longer public comment period. 
  • Sign up for a volunteer shift this week or next (calling folks, writing letters, etc). Fill out a volunteer form and we will find a time that works for you! 

If you are outside of Jackson County, click HERE for a full list of hearing locations. 10609544_810559825658523_3772417277569845251_n.jpg

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