This summer we expect Oregon LNG and the Williams Pipeline Company to file their applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site and construct a massive LNG export terminal and over 200 miles of new pipelines in Oregon and Washington.
Williams's Washington Expansion Project would deliver North American gas to the Oregon LNG pipeline and Oregon LNG export terminal. At the terminal in Warrenton, Oregon LNG plans to supercool the gas into a liquid form (LNG) and send the energy to high-priced Asian markets. FERC has twice approved LNG projects in Oregon, ignoring the concerns of local residents, state agencies, and other federal officials.
In April, Oregon LNG faced a major setback when the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the right of the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to make a decision about the Oregon LNG pipeline. In 2011, the Board preliminarily decided that the project did not meet the County’s standards. We expect Clatsop County to announce new hearings in the coming weeks. Although Oregon LNG lacks a clear path forward without County approval, the company appears poised to engage in the FERC process regardless of overwhelming local opposition.
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To prepare for FERC’s review process, we will be holding events in the early summer to educate communities that would be impacted by the Oregon LNG and Williams Pipeline projects. The first of these events will be held in Longview, WA, on Monday, June 3rd at 6pm. We will facilitate a community informational meeting and discussion with our partners Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community & the Northwest Property Rights Coalition. Click here for event details. Please join us to learn more about the progress we’re making to keep the Lower Columbia River LNG-free.