The Latest: Coos Bay natural gas terminal moves ahead

The Oregon terminal got the go-ahead from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • An artist’s conception of the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.

    Jordan Cove LNG

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement between the U.S. and 12 countries that include many of the nation’s largest export markets, has provoked stiff opposition from labor unions, environmental groups and small farmers. It would likely increase exports of liquefied natural gas — LNG — encouraging more gas drilling, fracking and pipeline construction. The West’s first LNG terminal in Astoria, Oregon, was green-lighted in 2014, leaving critics focused on blocking another proposed project in Coos Bay (“How an international trade deal will impact Western states,” HCN, 04/24/15).

In early October, the ­Federal Energy­ Regulatory Commission gave the Coos Bay LNG terminal the go-ahead despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that the gas terminal and pipeline would “cause some environmental damage.” The $7.5 billion project would be linked to existing pipelines across southwestern Oregon. Now, opponents want Gov. Kate Brown and state agencies to block the project before FERC submits final approval, expected at the end of this year.

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