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NORTH BEND -- A proposal by Jordan Cove Energy Project to export liquefied natural gas from here is 'premature and deficient," according to a protest filed Monday by the Oregon Department of Justice.

In the letter submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy, a state attorney asked DOE to defer ruling on the application 'until Jordan Cove has cured the deficiencies in its application and the public is given an opportunity to participate in accordance with the Department's regulations."

Among the concerns cited in the letter:

DOE has not yet published a notice of Jordan Cove's application in the Federal Register, giving the public 30 days to comment on it.

Jordan Cove's application is incomplete, omitting details of where the gas will come from.

The application doesn't show that the gas won't be needed in the United States. That contradicts Jordan Cove's statements in support of its application for an import facility, saying that there is a need for imported LNG in the Pacific Northwest.

Bob Braddock, general manager of JCEP, said this morning that he was unaware of the letter, but that the protest was unfounded.

'They failed to understand the application," he said.

He said that the application is for export only to free-trade-agreement countries. For that kind of application, the exporter needn't show that the gas isn't needed in the United States, he said.

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