Jordan Cove gets permit to export

2011-12-08T11:00:00Z 2011-12-08T11:09:23Z Jordan Cove gets permit to exportBy Gail Elber, The World Coos Bay World
December 08, 2011 11:00 am  • 

The U.S. Energy Department has granted Jordan Cove Energy Partners a 30-year license to export liquefied natural gas to a short list of nations with which the United States has free trade agreements.

The license is the first regulatory hurdle cleared by Jordan Cove since it announced plans to build an LNG export terminal instead of the import terminal it had been pursuing for several years.

Jordan Cove Project Manager Bob Braddock said Wednesday the company still hasn't lined up enough customers to make either an export or an import terminal worthwhile. He said that if customers don't materialize soon, the company will finish getting permits for an import-only terminal, then put the project on the shelf, awaiting a more favorable market.

'It would be premature to make a decision now, but by the end of next year, that's the kind of decision that would then be made," he said.

Although the Energy Department gave exports a green light, the import terminal has run into other regulatory obstacles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it can't issue a biological assessment of the project without more information from Jordan Cove about the project's environmental impact, and the Bureau of Land Management hasn't signed off on permits for the Pacific Connector Pipeline that would connect the terminal with the nation's gas transport network.

In its approval document, the Energy Department addressed some issues raised by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger in an October protest of Jordan Cove's application. It dismissed Kroger's contention that the application hadn't made a case for the necessity for exports. It said those issues weren't subject to regulatory review.

But the department agreed with Kroger that the public would benefit if notice of export applications were published in the Federal Register. Although the law doesn't require such publication, the Energy Department said it would start doing it, in addition to publishing the applications on its own website.

Reporter Gail Elber can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 234, or at

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(21) Comments

  1. Koozebanian
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    Koozebanian - December 15, 2011 10:50 pm
    CB Lifer said: "I want to go play on the beach like I used to do, but I can't because of a bird, but this LNG crap can take up the spit....hhmm...a terminal for other things would be fine with me. This one seems too dangerous. And I'm not moving."

    If you want to go play on the beach then go play on the beach. We go to the beach a lot, there are many wonderful beaches in the area. Oh wait you want to run ATV's and pollute the air with your exhaust and noise. My bad.
  2. Polar Bear
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    Polar Bear - December 15, 2011 2:42 pm
    When and if this project ever gets up and running, I want all you people that are so gung ho about LNG coming in here to give us all jobs, to come back on here and comment how many of your friends/neighbors/relatives actually got a job!
    AND I DON't mean your very well educated friends and relatives from OUT of AREA.
  3. Rob Taylor
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    Rob Taylor - December 14, 2011 3:08 pm
    I have never understood Oregonians unnatural fear of natural gas. We cannot even fill our own gas tanks, because of scared people and unreasonable fears.

    Everything that is being said about LNG was said about every other business that deals with volatile material.

    This very webpage has to have energy for it to exist, and that energy came from coal or gas.
  4. CB Lifer
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    CB Lifer - December 14, 2011 12:58 pm
    Koozebanian said: "YAY! We are getting a terminal! Anyone who doesn't like it can feel free to move somewhere else to retire! "

    What about those of us that don't like this idea that were born & raised here? I don't wanna move. I want to go play on the beach like I used to do, but I can't because of a bird, but this LNG crap can take up the spit....hhmm...a terminal for other things would be fine with me. This one seems too dangerous. And I'm not moving.
  5. Koozebanian
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    Koozebanian - December 13, 2011 10:43 pm
    YAY! We are getting a terminal! Anyone who doesn't like it can feel free to move somewhere else to retire!
  6. Citizen
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    Citizen - December 12, 2011 11:11 pm
    We are getting a terminal and this will usher in many other projects. I hope that all the folks who didn't want this move away so they can be safe. I am sure there are plenty of other communities that need jobs. Go stop other projects. Be like the occupiers who halt commerce. With the economy the way it is I am sure it's the right thing to do. Just make things worse than they need to be so that everyone else can be miserable. Good riddance.
  7. DHCollins
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    DHCollins - December 12, 2011 9:21 am
    Gasland is about fracking, not shipping the end product. x
  8. Caplan
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    Caplan - December 10, 2011 6:11 pm
    Until last week I was for this project, then saw a documentary from 2009 titled "Gasland". I suggest everyone view this. Jobs provided by an LNG port are not worth the potential poisoning of our water table by accidents and leaks from the Jordan Cove facility. Once spills occur, there is no way to get rid of the toxic chemicals in the watertable. We need safe water and another safe source for jobs.
  9. penelop
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    penelop - December 09, 2011 7:18 pm

    And how many of these LNG shipments were in a tsunami zone? We're going to have a massive earthquake here, and we're going to have a tsunami, that is certain. It's only a matter of when. So just because "it's never happened before", doesn't make me feel that it's right to risk the lives of the people of the southern Oregon Coast, for a few measly jobs.
  10. Common Sense
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    Common Sense - December 09, 2011 5:14 pm
    Bulldog & the rest of the Desperate Priced themselves out of jobs...

    What's funny about these so-called new created LNG jobs is...even if the 20-24 full time jobs are created, NOT one local person will qualify for them due to Education & Experience requirements!

    Bottomline: Priced themselves out Unions workers should stop going to Walmart to buy MadeInChina JUNK & stop depending on the system for their every day existence (Basically, Create your OWN JOB, by Creating your own Cheap business!)..
  11. bes
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    bes - December 09, 2011 3:51 pm
  12. DHCollins
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    DHCollins - December 09, 2011 3:13 pm
    I know this is an unpopular local issue but so is poverty. I welcome this decision just like I welcome the chance to export coal from here. I welcome the new railroad. I welcome the possibilty of handling containerized cargo. I look forward to putting some money back into the school system and fixing more potholes. Timber can't do this for us anymore and it's time to move forward into a new future with something that can. x
  13. Local Jerk
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    Local Jerk - December 09, 2011 1:54 pm
    @ladthebad: Couple years ago in Puerto Rico (that's US territory) the LNG plant had a problem. You might want to Google it before you share your expertese'. The FIREBALLS were so big that the guys at spacelab could see them. There has already been studies done in this area. Madison elementry and Sunset Junior High are in the blast radias. But don't worry, a few hundred kid's lives are worth it huh!
  14. ladthebad
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    ladthebad - December 09, 2011 12:40 pm
    Fireballs? In LNG's entire shipping history, LNG carriers have conducted 127,000 voyages worldwide, covering over 150 million miles without any major incident. Only eight marine incidents have ever resulted in accidental spillage of LNG and no fires ever occurred. No explosions or fatalities from a cargo spill have ever occurred aboard an LNG carrier in more than 50 years of shipping LNG. Fireballs? Not!
  15. 60something
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    60something - December 09, 2011 12:20 pm
    Attention: RISK vs REWARD


    Nothing offered here is worth the risk to our community.

  16. Citizen
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    Citizen - December 08, 2011 5:47 pm
    Hurray! Maybe we'll see actual jobs instead of the fantasy jobs mentioned in some of the comments here. As for a fireball or two, well maybe the folks caring for the terminal won't want to die either. I'm guessing they will not want to burn up in one. In the meantime this will create jobs for people who'll fight to keep them. They'll fight people who want to put everything else in the universe before the human race.
  17. bes
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    bes - December 08, 2011 5:27 pm
    well, that's the thing isn't it, tho? putting all the eggs in one basket, some rich ceo, certainly not ours..that is the way of it, unless we change the way they do things.occupy the port.
  18. Bulldog1979
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    Bulldog1979 - December 08, 2011 1:38 pm
    Remember that John Kroger is a job killer when he runs for higher office. What do the folks in the Willamette Valley have against jobs on the South Coast? We have a great, natural deep water port that is closer to Asia than any other port on the west coast. The rail line has started back up and needs upgrades - how is that for a shovel ready project? We could actually put people back to work at family wage jobs: longshoremen, truck drivers, welders, forklift operators, plant operators, etc.
  19. Local Jerk
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    Local Jerk - December 08, 2011 1:02 pm
    Relax everybody. This isn't approval by some agency that is plagued by scandle, bribary and illegal activity. This is the energy department. You know the one. These are the same folks that shoved a 500 million dollar bill down our throats when they approved SOLYNDRA! (they went broke too!) Yeah - THAT ENERGY DEPARTMENT! And Braddock, you all know him well. He has been lobbying locally since the whole idea of burning the coast to the ground came up. VOTE YES FOR FIREBALLS!
  20. Eastsider
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    Eastsider - December 08, 2011 12:20 pm
    China is not on the list, so this permit is worthless.
  21. GetItRight
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    GetItRight - December 08, 2011 11:59 am
    What a waste of taxpayer's dollars. I read somewhere that since 2003, $300 million has been spent on this venture and no jobs. Imagine if that money was spent on infrastructure development getting this valuable industrial property ready for new companies that might want to come here. The jobs LNG creates here are minimal compared to multiple smaller industries that might want site here if infrastructure was in place, look at South Port. Putting all of your eggs in one basket is a dangerous thing
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