Feds pause Oregon "polluter" pipeline

Feds pause Oregon “polluter” pipeline

02/24/2020 11:14 pm ET Molly Taft

Feds pause Oregon "polluter" pipeline

Federal regulators hit the brakes on a proposed natural gas pipeline project in Oregon Thursday after the state denied key permits.

Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development sent a letter on Wednesday to Pembina Pipeline Corp., which owns the proposed Jordan Cove LNG pipeline and terminal, saying that the project will “negatively impact Oregon’s coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, a variety of endangered and threatened species, critical habitat and ecosystem services, fisheries resources, commercial and recreational fishing and boating, and commercial shipping and transportation, among other sectors critical to the state.”

In a 2-1 decision Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted to not move the project forward. They cited a need for more time to review the state decision.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported last year that, if built, the Jordan Cove LGN pipeline and export terminal would become Oregon’s largest polluter.

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