The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled against a county’s approval of a liquefied natural gas project, likely ending what dim chances it still had of construction.
The Bradwood Landing project was already on hold, because its backers had gone bankrupt.
The appeals’ court decision upholds two big objections to the project: that the terminal would be too big for the local zoning and that mitigating for salmon habitat destruction isn’t the same as “protecting” it.
Columbia Riverkeeper director, Brett VandenHeuvel, says the decision sets a clear standard for other big projects on salmon-bearing rivers.
Brett VandenHeuvel: “Protect means protect. So, when state and local law requires the protection of vital salmon habitat and the protection of access by fishing boats to salmon, it’s not ok to destroy that habitat and destroy that access say ‘well, we’re going to try to make it better someplace else’.”
VandenHeuvel says the ruling is especially relevant for the Oregon LNG project, proposed down the Columbia River in Warrenton.