Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denies certification for Jordan Cove Project

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denies certification for Jordan Cove Project

Posted: May 13, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 6:32 PM

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tonight many residents in coos bay and across the state of oregon are anticipating what's next for the controversial jordan over project -- a 229-miles natural gas pipeline and export faciltiy. thanks for joining us, i'm matt templeman. and i'm renee mccullough. the d-e-q just denied a water quality permit for the project and now many people are waiting to see what happens next. kezi 9 news reporter jessica babb spoke with community members today to see how they're reacting. jessica. matt, renee - some people are saying this is just another bump in the road and others say they hope it ends the project once and for all. timm slater: "we get sort of dissapointed.. dissapointed that nothing has happened." leonard: "i feel good about it because i don't want to see that plant go in here.... coos bay residents are reacting to the oregon department of envrionmental quality denying a necessary water quality certification. timm slater: "it does operate as another speed bump in the legal road." officials say they denied the permit because they don't have enough information showing the project would comply with water quality standards -- and they say the information they do have shows some of those standards might be violated. 352 bodies of water would be impacted -- and they say there are concerns the project could impact drinking water sources and could pose a threat to fish. leonard: "good decision and i hope they stick to it and i hope they can't get around it." right now - jordan cove says they're still reviewing this desicion and they want to make it clear... this doesn't kill the project. they still have time to appeal the decision or they could simply reapply for the certification. deq says they received more than 40 thousand public comments about the project -- and while many people are excited about deq's decision -- others say despite these concerns they still think the project is worthwhile. timm slater: "i believe it's an asset to the area, an asset to the county and it makes sense for the people of oregon and it makes sense for the united states." again this is a hot button issue with people on both sides. deq officials say without this certification -- jordan cove lng won't be able to get other necessary permits. so tonight -- many people are still waiting to see what next for the project. live in the studio, jessica babb, kezi 9 news. day
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