COOS COUNTY - With a new public comment period having just opened up for its removal-fill permit application, Jordan Cove held a meeting with supporters to streamline the commenting process on several upcoming permits.
The meeting was held evening of Nov. 28, and number of folks from different organization including South Coast Development Council, Boost Southern Oregon, and Coos Bay – North Bend Chamber of Commerce attended among others. It is important to note that folks who attended were not there representing organizations, but as individual supporters of the Jordan Cove project.
“A group of project supporters joined me at a meeting where we discussed the project, permitting updates, answers to some of the questions they had and what they can do to show their support, Michael Hinrichs with Jordan Cove said. “This is a continuation of our engagement efforts and I was encouraged by how many participants wanted to show their support and start mobilizing other supportive groups.”
The idea is get supporters of the project to write their letters of support for major permits all at once, instead of gathering every couple’s months or so to fill out new letters of support.
One of those in attendance was not a confirmed supporter of the project, SCDC board member Drew Farmer. According to Farmer, after a brief presentation those in attendance were asked to fill out letters of support for high profile permits that Jordan Cove will be applying for in the coming months.
“I guess they got some input from the supporters last year that it would be more convenient to all the letters of support at once, so that they’re not coming back constantly throughout the year to get letters of support,” Farmer said.
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Farmer has said that there was not enough information at the meeting for him to sign any sort of support letter.
“I got lumped in because they invited the entire SCDC board. I haven’t taken a position on the project because it’s outside of my scope of influence… I told them that if I’m going to sign a letter of support for a permit I’m going to have read the permit first, and they didn’t have those handy. They’re supposed to get those to me,” Farmer said.
Letters were templates written by Jordan cove. However, there was an area available for individual comments.
Jordan Cove removal-fill permit is through the Oregon Department of State Lands. Oregon law requires projects that remove or fill material in wetlands or waterways to obtain a permit.
Public Comment periods for the Jordan Cove project have broken record recently, when a 401 Water Quality Certification application with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality received over 43,000 comments