Public comment period begins for ambitious Jordan Cove LNG terminal
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are accepting public comments on an application from the Jordan Cove Energy Project, a major liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed on the North Spit of Coos Bay. Applicants also propose a 230-mile natural gas pipeline traversing Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
DEQ must issue a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the federal licensd projec because it may result in a discharge into navigable waters. Such certification must ensure that work permitted under a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit will meet the state's water-quality standards.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will then evaluate the permit application under Section 404.
The LNG terminal is designed to handle, transfer and ship export 7.8 million tons of liquefied natural gas each year for export on ocean-going carriers. Elements of the project include underground utilities, a gas feed to the terminal, a marine slip and access channel, a marine offloading facility, a regional emergency response center, temporary workforce housing and related road and highway improvements, according to DEQ.
The project would also involve dredging four areas abutting the Coos Bay Channel and placing dredged material in four locations.
The related Pacific Connector gas pipeline would include installing a 36-inch diameter welded steel gas pipe and a compressor station near Malin, near the Deschutes River in central Oregon. Construction in wetlands and waterways would include trenching, blasting, fluming, damming and pumping, horizontal directional drilling and other methods.
The liquefied natural gas facility would affect waterways and wetlands on the North Spit, in Coos Bay, at dredge disposal sites, and at the Kentuck Slough golf course mitigation site, according to DEQ. The Pacific Connector project would affect waterways and wetlands in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
For more information on the Jordan Cove LNG project: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Programs/Pages/Jordan-Cove.aspx