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Oregon denies permit for pipeline before federal decision

The decision comes just before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is scheduled to issue a final ruling on the project.
Credit: Andrew Selsky
Demonstrators against a proposed liquid-natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon sit in in the governor's office in the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development says a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would have significant adverse effects on the state's coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, endangered species and critical habitat.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that in a letter Wednesday to backers of the Jordan Cove Energy Project, agency director Jim Rue said that neither the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nor the Army Corps of Engineers can OK the project unless the U.S. Secretary of Commerce overrides this objection on appeal.

The decision comes just before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is scheduled to issue a final ruling on the project.

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