Aug 2 2012 -- Oct 2 2012 Jordan Cove Remains Key Land Use Focus
North Spit of Coos Bay, looking south toward Jordan Cove. Photo from Port of Coos Bay. The proposed Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector project (first an LNG import facility, then for LNG export, now possibly for coal export as well), aimed at Coos Bayís North Spit, is of deep concern to our members and conservation-minded citizens in the area. Oregon Shores is a member of the broad coalition working to block this project, whatever the would-be developers try to do with the facility.
In switching purposes from import to export, Jordan Cove created a long chain of uncertainties, because all the permits it had received or applications it had filed were based on importing LNG. No one knows at this point whether Jordan Cove will have to start all over again with various processes, or seek revisions, or be allowed to go forward under existing approvals. For instance, the project has received five separate land use approvals from Coos County, and we are waiting to see which the county will re-open and which it will consider still valid.
All the members of the coalition oppose this project for many reasons, including the threats to public health and safety posed by either LNG or coal transport; the climate impacts of facilitating use of fossil fuels; and the damage that could be done to streams, wetlands and forests by a pipeline stretching more than 200 miles across the state.
Oregon Shores is particularly focused on the impacts to the North Spit and the estuary that would be created by the project. Our Coastal Law Project will be involved in all the land use permitting aspects of the issue. Our role at present is to demand that the land use processes applied to the project are open and public. Oregon Shores recently submitted requests to Coos and Douglas counties seeking notification of amendments or new applications for the terminal and pipeline components of the project. The existing land use approvals for the pipeline include a prohibition on use of the pipeline for export; as a result, this will likely be an important issue for the local government land use review of the new proposal.
We are committed to devoting our land use resources to opposing this project and protecting the North Spit and the Coos Bay estuary at every step.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 776-4661, or EMAIL