Permitting process for Jordan Cove LNG continues
COOS COUNTY, Ore. - While Jordan Cove works through the permitting process and the Department of State lands permit hearings, Jordan Cove spokesperson, Michael Hinrichs, said they're confident it'll move forward.
Their next step in the permit review phase is for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review the LNG project's 36,000 page application detailing everything from the route, construction impacts on environment and economy, and operations.
"We are looking at, if the federal energy regulatory commission holds to their schedule, we will be getting our draft environmental impact statement in February," said Hinrichs.
He said FERC would then make their final decision sometime in November.
First, they need to get through the current removal-fill permit application.
In a release from rouge climate, a group opposing the LNG export terminal, they report 41 out of 59 testimonies at Coos County's hearing were against the company, stating reasons why the DSL should deny the removal-fill permit.
"I think it was pretty balanced, I think we saw it balanced throughout the week," said Hinrichs
Jordan Cove filled out their applications in 2017, and the review process takes into account all the environmental impacts, mitigation, economic outcomes, and safety and security.
To address concerns of wildlife, Hinrichs said the company plans to use horizontal directional drilling when crossing bodies of water. He said the process avoids disturbing wildlife by drilling deeper underwater than other techniques.
"In addition to the FERC certification, we'll of course need all of our state permits and our local permits," he said. "But if all goes well, those will work in parallel with FERC's approval, that's up to the agencies. But if so we will see groundbreaking in 2020 with the ultimate goal of export to Asia in 2024."
Hinrichs says he is confident the preferred route through the Kentuck Inlet will pass review.
The final removal fill permit hearing is Tuesday, January 15 in Salem, the public input period ends February 3rd.