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Court Decision Puts Bradwood Landing LNG Project 'In Grave Doubt'

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated a federal license for the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project. 

The court found Wednesday that the bankruptcy of developer NorthernStar Natural Gas put the project “in grave doubt.”

Bradwood Landing opponents say the ruling marks the official end of the project.

But the court didn’t answer the state of Oregon’s question — whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, was wrong to approve the project before it had obtained state permits. The court found that question to be moot in this case.

Tony Green is with the Oregon Attorney General’s office.  He says the court left a key question unanswered.

Tony Green: “The way this case was resolved had to do with the bankruptcy and a transfer of assets. It did not address the underlying issue about FERC’s approval of the project prior to it obtaining state permit approval.”

The same question is looming over the Jordan Cove LNG project in Coos Bay. The state has challenged that project’s federal license, too, and is still awaiting an answer from federal regulators.