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The Viability of LNG

OPB | May 11, 2010 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 9:24 p.m.

After struggling with securing permits for their Bradwood Landing LNG terminal, NorthernStar Natural Gas said this week they were suspending the project indefinitely. This news was quickly followed by the company’s announcement that it was declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy. NorthernStar laid the blame for the failure on poor market conditions and the protracted regulatory process in Oregon. Environmentalists, who have long opposed LNG projects in the state, are declaring victory, saying public opposition to the project has everything to do with its indefinite delay.

The proposed Bradwood terminal on the Columbia River was not the only liquified natural gas venture in the state. Oregon LNG is still in the permitting process for a terminal they hope to build on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission hasn’t approved that project yet, but FERC gave the go-ahead to the Jordon Cove Energy Project, which is trying to get local and state approval for a terminal in Coos Bay.

People on both sides of the LNG debate are asking: is the viability of these other projects in jeopardy in light of what happened to Bradwood Landing?

Do you live in a community where a liquified natural gas project has been proposed? Have you been involved in public meetings on LNG? What’s your reaction to NorthernStar’s announcements this week?

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