After being denied by federal regulators last years, backers of the liquefied natural gas project are starting again.
The announcement comes ahead of a protest Tuesday in Salem by opponents of the project.
The backers of a proposed $6 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline on the Columbia River have decided to end the project, known as Oregon LNG. A glut of LNG hitting international markets may be the reason.
This is the second preliminary purchase deal announced since federal energy regulators denied approval of the export terminal and pipeline project.
At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) piped up on some of the biggest concerns Oregonians have about exporting liquefied natural gas from Coos Bay.
Cassandra explored whether you can make an argument that exporting liquified natural gas is in the public interest. She found several: exporting LNG could encourage domestic natural gas production, help balance the trade deficit, and encourage free trade and competition.
For years, liquefied natural gas developers in Oregon shunned the idea of flipping their proposed LNG import terminals around to export natural gas instead.
Oregon LNG backer: "If we had known what we were getting into, we would not have done it!"Ecotrope | May 17, 2011 10:33 a.m.
While reporting on another lost court challenge for Oregon LNG today, OPB's environment reporter Rob Manning dug up this report from Leucadia National Corp., the New York holding company funding the Oregon LNG project.
A Clatsop County Circuit Court judge decided on Thursday that the Clatsop County Commission can continue its process of reversing an earlier commission's land-use approval for the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas pipeline.
So, the Coos Bay World and Rob Manning report Jordan Cove developers have started thinking about turning their proposed liquefied natural gas import terminal into an export terminal. Not that they have the permits to do either just yet.
Tony Green, spokesman for Oregon Attorney General, said the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project doesn't resolve the state's biggest issue: that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted the project license before state permits were approved.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a petition from the state of Oregon and opponents of the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas development. The ruling released today says, basically, the petitioners' concerns about the project are moot now that there is little to no chance of the LNG terminal and pipeline ever being built.
I guess Oregon LNG didn't call "no take-backs" before three new Clatsop County commissioners were sworn in this week. The new gang is already showing a less favorable leaning on liquefied natural gas than the commissioners they replaced (as promised in the May 2010 elections).
Thanks to Columbia Riverkeeper for keeping us posted on all things LNG. Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service has sent a letter to federal energy regulators letting them know that the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas project is not ready to enter the National Environmental Policy Act review process yet (a time-consuming requirement for LNG licensing).
Brett VandenHeuvel and the Columbia Riverkeeper team are at it again. Today they announced they're appealing Clatsop County's approval of the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas pipeline – along with a group of landowners along the pipeline route.
The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals sided with liquefied natural gas opponents in the ongoing dispute over the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal yesterday. The board ruled Clatsop County wrongly granted land-use approval to the project without considering the full size of the development and without requiring enough protection for salmon.
In a surprisingly candid interview with The Daily Astorian this week, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski moved another step away from his earlier suggestions that a liquefied natural gas import facility would help bridge the state's current energy portfolio to a new, all-renewable future.