Jordan Cove LNG port and pipeline get final environmental OK

Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Proposed LNG port facilities and a pipeline for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon Coast have won final environmental approval from federal regulators.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Proposed port facilities and a pipeline for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon Coast have won final environmental approval from federal regulators.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued notice Wednesday that its final environmental impact statement found the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline across southwestern Oregon would cause some environmental damage.

But regulators found the damage would be reduced to less than significant with mitigation measures proposed by the project developers.

Jordan Cove LNG would be the first LNG port on the West Coast.

The $7 billion project is led by Calgary, Alberta-based Veresen, Inc.

Final approval is expected by the end of this year, but gas is not likely to begin flowing for several years.

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