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LNG Company To Appeal Land Use Board's Decision

The liquefied natural gas company that recently lost an appeal before an Oregon land-use board is challenging that decision to a higher court.

Northern Star intends to build an LNG terminal at Bradwood Landing in Clatsop County. But project opponents have twice stalled the permitting process by convincing the Land Use Board of Appeals that the project is flawed.

At first, Northern Star indicated it would re-work its permit application at the county level.

Northern Star vice president, Joe Desmond, says further review has convinced his company to go to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Joe Desmond: “It appears that the analysis exceeded its jurisdiction, misapplied the applicable standards, failed to acknowledge particular findings, and substituted its judgment for the county’s, when the county’s interpretations were reasonable, and supported by substantial evidence.” 

Project opponents called the earlier decision a potentially fatal blow to Bradwood Landing.

Meantime, Northern Star continues to work with federal and state regulators. Bradwood Landing is one of three active LNG proposals in Oregon.

The others are planned for Warrenton and Coos Bay.