Oregon DEQ cites environmental concerns in Jordan Cove Project decision

Officials from Jordan Cove LNG said they are still reviewing the decision.

Posted: May 13, 2019 7:04 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 7:35 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality recently denied a water quality certification for the Jordan Cove Project, but the company behind the project still has time to appeal.

Pembina hopes to build a 229-mile long natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon, but state officials cited environmental concerns in their decision.

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Officials with the DEQ said they denied the certification because they don’t have enough information that shows if the project would comply with water quality standards. Additionally, they said the information they do have shows “some standards are more likely than not to be violated.”

Spokesperson Katherine Benenati said if construction were to begin, they would expect water temperatures in some areas to increase due to the removal of vegetation. She said they expected those increases to be more than what's allowed.

Benenati also said with the construction, they expect a lot of sediment, which could be harmful to fish.

Lastly, Benenati said there were concerns the project could impact public drinking water.

Jordan Cove LNG has told KEZI 9 News that if the project was approved, they would do what was necessary to mitigate environmental concerns. The company has also said sources of public drinking water would not be impacted.

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Officials with the DEQ also said Pembina could reapply for the certification.

"If they don't get a water quality certification, then they would not be able to get their permits from the (Army Corps of Engineers),” Benenati said.

Officials from Jordan Cove LNG said they are still reviewing the decision.

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