A liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for the Columbia River is on hold indefinitely, according to a company statement released Tuesday. Rob Manning reports.
The Bradwood Landing LNG terminal got the go-ahead a year and a half ago from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But since then, the company behind it – NorthernStar Natural Gas – had failed to get key local and state approvals.
The state Land Use Board of Appeals twice rejected its local plan.
Environmental reviews at the state and federal levels remained incomplete.
NorthernStar says it's suspending the project. In a written statement, the company blames market conditions and the slow pace of Oregon’s regulatory system for that decision.
Governor Kulongoski’s spokeswoman, Jillian Schoene, defends the state’s approach.
Jillian Schoene: “Our state agencies did work with the company, and we did work with them through the state review and permitting process consistent with Oregon law.”
Schoene says the company’s decision was a surprise to the governor’s office.
Calls to NorthernStar weren’t immediately returned.