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Clatsop Board Moves Toward Reversal On LNG Decision

The Clatsop County Commission has taken a big step toward reversing the land-use approval for the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas project in Warrenton.

The previous board of commissioners approved the land-use application for the project’s pipeline in November.  In January, a new set of county commissioners voted to withdraw the approval and reconsider it.

Oregon LNG is fighting the county in court to keep the earlier approval intact.

Despite the pending court case, the Clatsop County board voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to accept new findings that show Oregon LNG’s pipeline plan conflicts with land-use law.

The board has a final vote scheduled for March 30, but the county will also have to respond to Oregon LNG’s court filing before March 18.

Clatsop County Commission Chairman Dirk Rohne said he expects any county decision on the pipeline application to be appealed to the state Land Use Board of Appeals.