MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- With hundreds of people showing up for the second day of public hearings into the proposed Jordan Cove Project, many are wondering what’s next.
On May 6 the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a crucial water quality certification for the project. However, more than a month later Pembina, the Canadian company behind the proposed natural gas pipeline and export terminal, is still looking to the future.
Of those who have made their voice heard at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearings in Coos Bay and now Myrtle Creek, some are enthusiastic for the economic change they’d like to see and others are concerned about the impact it could have on the environment.
“I told the commission I believe it is our time for the opportunity and economic development in our part of the state -- Southern Oregon,” Ashland resident Michael Scarminach said.
Some community members disagree.
“This is for private profits,” Douglas County resident Stacey McLaughlin said. “This is not going to benefit our community. It is not going to provide long-term sustainable jobs for our constituents, so go home.”
Pembina is currently working with the DEQ to address concerns they expressed in their decision. They plan to reapply for the water quality permit. And in the meantime Pembina could still obtain other permits required to move forward, such as the one from the FERC.
The next FERC meetings are set for June 26 at the Ramada Medford Hotel and Conference Center and June 27 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds/Event Center.
After considering everyone’s statements, the commission will release their final thoughts in October.
Below is a map of the proposed 229-mile pipeline: