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Group to rally outside Jordan Cove Project public hearing in Coos Bay

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Posted: Jun 24, 2019 11:37 AM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 12:25 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Federal Energy Regulation Commission will be holding the first of several public comment sessions on the proposed Jordan Cove Project, and opponents plan to rally outside.

The project would be a 229-mile natural gas pipeline and export facility.

If you would like your voice to be heard, the hearing will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at Southwestern Oregon Community College at the Hale Center for the Performing Arts.

The commission said the hearing is intended to allow people to comment on the findings of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

SPECIAL REPORT: Jordan Cove Project, Part 1 and Part 2

If you would like to give verbal comment, you will receive a number and have three minutes to speak. A court reporter will record the statement, which will be part of public record.

However, if you would like to send your written thoughts, click here. You can file your thoughts using the eComment or eFiling feature under the Documents and Filings link.

Your other option is mailing in your comment to the following address:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426

Three other public hearings are scheduled over the project:

  • June 25 -- South Umpqua High School, 501 Chadwick Lane, Myrtle Creek; 1 to 8 p.m.
  • June 26 -- Ramada Medford Hotel and Conference Center, 2250 Biddle Road, Medford; 1 to 8 p.m.
  • June 27 -- Klamath County Fairgrounds/Event Center, 3531 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls; 1 to 8 p.m.

Officials from the Jordan Cove Project said over 6,000 family-wage jobs would be created through the four-year construction phase.

Once construction is complete, they said 215 long-term jobs at the terminal and along the pipeline would be created with pay averaging $85,000 a year.

RELATED: State denies Jordan Cove Project water quality certification

Opponents of the project say they’re worried about the potential environmental impact, among other concerns. They will be holding a press conference from 12 to 1 p.m. and will rally at 5:30 p.m. outside the hearing in Coos Bay.

Oregon recently denied the project’s water quality certification, which is needed in order to move forward. However, those behind the Jordan Cove Project can appeal that decision.

Stay with KEZI 9 News as reporter Jessica Babb brings you the latest on KEZI 9 News at 4, 5 and 6.

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