OR - FERC faces pushback on whether it can act now on Jordan Cove

After US federal regulators hit pause on the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal project and the affiliated Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, debate has ensued over whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can act right away in light of a recent Oregon objection.

If approved, financed and built, the project could provide the first West Coast LNG export terminal in the Lower-48, adding an outlet for western Rockies and Canadian production.

The Coos Bay, Oregon, project was left in limbo February 20 when FERC voted 2-1 against granting certificate authorization, effectively putting off a decision (CP17-494). More time was needed, Republican commissioners said, to allow Commissioner Bernard McNamee to review Oregon's objection to a certification that the project is consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Oregon regulators have contended that neither FERC nor the US Army Corps of Engineers can approve the project unless the US Secretary of Commerce first overrides the CZMA objection on appeal.

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