Public Comments on Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project Due Soon
It’s Time for You to be Heard
For over a decade, communities in southern Oregon have stood up against the proposed Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and the Pacific Connector Pipeline project. This project, now proposed by a huge Canadian fossil fuel corporation called Pembina, would threaten 379 waterways (including 12 public drinking water sources); disturb tribal territories and burial grounds; trample the rights of 675 landowners through the use of eminent domain; put existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and other sectors at risk; and drive up energy prices. Coos Bay estuary to construct the project would be located in the tsunami zone and would require dredging 5.67 million cubic yards of sediment across 53 acres of the LNG terminal site. LNG is also highly explosive and would become Oregon’s largest source of climate pollution by 2020.
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A Section 401 Water Quality Certification is required through DEQ for any federally licensed or permitted projects that may result in a discharge into navigable waters. Specifically, the certification ensures that work permitted under a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit will meet the state’s water quality standards. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for evaluating the permit application under Section 404.
The liquefied natural gas facility would affect waterways and wetlands on the North Spit, in Coos Bay, at dredge disposal sites, and at the Kentuck Slough golf course mitigation site. The Pacific Connector project would affect waterways and wetlands in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
DEQ’s public comment period on the Section 401 Water Quality Certification application closes on July 21, 2018. Written comments on the application related to water quality must be received at DEQ by 5 p.m. on July 21. Written comments may be emailed to JCEP401PublicComment@deq.state.or.us, faxed to 541-686-7551 or mailed to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 165 E. 7th Ave, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401, Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine.
For further information go to Oregon.gov Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or Medford Office – 221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201, Medford, OR 97501, Phone Number: 541-776-6010; Toll free in Oregon: 877-823-3216