In a remarkable decision on March 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected plans for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the shore of Jordan Cove near the town of Coos Bay in Southern Oregon. What is judged remarkable is the finding that the terminal is not needed, contrary to an earlier recommendation for approval by the FERC staff. The latest decision is contrary to the FERC decision last October to approve the first LNG terminal on the Atlantic coast, at Cove Point, Maryland.
If approved, the Coos Bay massive LNG Jordan Cove terminal would have been the first on the Pacific coast. Moreover, it would have been fed by the proposed 230-mile long Pacific Connector pipeline, a project long opposed by those wanting to protect the Oregon forests.
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