SALEM — Opponents of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline plan to rally June 14 outside a meeting of the State Land Board.
Organizers said in a press release that they want state agencies to stop moving ahead with permits for the project, which was denied approval March 11 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Since then, FERC has extended indefinitely the period in which Jordan Cove's backers can appeal the denial by submitting evidence that the public benefit of the project outweighs the negative impact of using eminent domain to acquire the necessary land.
One of FERC's reasons for the denial was the apparent absence of customers for the gas. Since the denial, backers of Jordan Cove have submitted documentation of nonbinding agreements with Japanese customers Jera and ITOCHU to purchase half of the proposed terminal's output.
The State Land Board, which consists of the governor, secretary of state and state treasurer, oversees the Department of State Lands, one of the main agencies that is considering permits for the pipeline and export facility. DSL was supposed to decide in February about a key permit to excavate 6.3 million cubic yards from Oregon wetlands and waterways.
But the board has granted Pacific Connector Pipeline and the Williams Company three extensions on their removal fill permit decision because it was lacking information. The deadline for the decision has been extended to Nov. 10.
“DSL continues to issue extensions because the pipeline company still hasn’t provided the agency with enough information to demonstrate the project would meet state laws protecting waterways and wetlands,” said Robyn Janssen of Rogue Riverkeeper in an announcement of the rally. “If DSL doesn’t have the information it needs from the company by now, they need to deny the removal/fill permit and protect our rivers and streams.”
Participants in the rally plan to arrive in Salem for the State Land Board meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Landowners intend to challenge Governor Brown and the rest of the State Land Board. After the meeting ends at noon, there will be a press conference and rally outside the building’s main entrance which will include singing by the Raging Grannies, speeches from landowners and conservation groups, and large banners and art.