OR - Confederated Tribes file appeal of Coos Bay dredge decision

The Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw’s attorneys filed an appeal with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals on Tuesday regarding the City of Coos Bay’s Jan. 7 decision to approve dredging in Coos Bay.

In a 4 to 3 vote of the Coos Bay City Council, it was decided to follow through with the 3.3 acre dredging of the Coos Bay navigation channel as requested by officials with the Jordan Cove Energy Project.

“The Tribe supports any economic development project that follows all local, state and federal laws and does not harm our local environment," said Tribal Council Chairman Doc Slyter. "Given this, the Tribal Council takes the decision to take legal action against the decision of a partner jurisdiction seriously."

The City of Coos Bay contracted with the Lane Council of Governments to review JCEP's navigation channel project application, and the public comments associated with. It was the recommendation of LCOG to deny the application.

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