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Oregon Supreme Court declines OLNG case

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week that it would not review a case appealed by Oregon LNG, the company that wants to create a liquefied natural gas terminal at Warrenton in Clatsop County — and a pipeline that would carry the gas across northwestern Oregon.

In November 2010, Clatsop County commissioners approved Oregon LNG’s request to build a pipeline, but county residents quickly voted out those commissioners and brought in new ones who withdrew that approval in March 2011.

A Clatsop County Circuit Court Judge upheld the new county board's action. In October, the Oregon Court of Appeals agreed.

In December, Oregon LNG appealed its case to the state Supreme Court, which on Thursday, March 28, declined to review the case.

That means OLNG must now bring its request for a permit to build a pipeline back to the county commissioners for a final vote, said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, which opposes the pipeline.

County commissioners will likely vote in the next month or so on whether to approve or deny the pipeline application, said VandenHeuvel, who believes the project violates county laws.



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