STATUS: In progress with opposition
TYPE: Natural Gas
OPPOSITION: Oregon Sierra Club; Citizens Against LNG; Friends of Living Oregon Waters; Oregon Wild; Oregon Citizens Against the Pipeline; Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center; Umpqua Watersheds; local residents
BACKGROUND: Jordan Cove Energy has proposed a $500 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Port of Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon. The project would consist of two 160,000 cubic-meter LNG storage tanks, an LNG marine berth, a tractor tug dock, an integrated 32-megawatt electric co-generation facility, and a natural gas liquids extraction facility. The facility will have a sendout capacity of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Initial applications were filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2006.
Environmental groups and assorted local residents have loudly opposed the project since its inception. They argue that Jordan Cove will damage marine life, add to global climate change, increase our dependence on foreign energy, and serve as a target for terrorist attacks. They also argue that Oregon does not need any more natural gas, and that the LNG imported to Jordan Cove will serve the California energy market.
FERC approved a license for Jordan Cove in December 2009. One month later, a coalition of environmental groups (Citizens Against LNG, Friends of Living Oregon Waters, Oregon Wild, Oregon Citizens Against the Pipeline, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Umpqua Watersheds) appealed FERC’s decision and argued that FERC must rewrite the project’s environmental impact statement. Those groups plan to continue appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States if necessary. To date, construction has not started.
In November 2010, Jordan Cove’s investors revealed that they are considering building a natural gas-fired power plant near the LNG site.
SOURCES: Jordan Cove Energy (http://www.jordancoveenergy.com/; http://www.jordancoveenergy.com/project.htm);
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (http://www.deq.state.or.us/wr/localprojects/jordancove/index.htm; http://www.deq.state.or.us/wr/localprojects/jordancove/JordanCoveFS.pdf);
Oregon Department of Energy (http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/SITING/LNGTerminals.shtml; http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/SITING/JCLNG.shtml);
OPB News (http://news.opb.org/article/6420-q-ferc-approves-jordan-cove-lng-plan/);
SFGate.com http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-02-09/business/17281875_1_natural-gas-fort-chicago-energy-partners-jordan-cove-energy-project); NaturalOregon.org (http://www.naturaloregon.org/2010/01/19/enviros-begin-appeal-of-jordan-cove-lng/);
LNG World News (http://www.lngworldnews.com/usa-jordan-cove-lng-project-investors-may-build-power-plant/);
Oregon Sierra Club (http://oregon.sierraclub.org/goals/pdf/Jordan%20Cove%20LNG%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf)
Last Updated: December 1, 2010