Hiking the Riverside National Recreation Trail where the proposed Palomar Pipeline would cross the Clackamas River.

Palomar suspends permitting; opponents declare victory on controversial LNG pipeline

Due to the Bradwood Landing  bankruptcy and other mounting factors, Palomar Gas Transmission, LLC has placed its gas pipeline permit on indefinite delay. In a filing sent this afternoon to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Palomar claimed to be continuing “to seek additional commercial underpinnings for the project.” However with other competing domestic pipeline proposals and insurmountable impact findings on endangered species, Palomar is clearly suspended.

For weeks now, affected landowners and environmental organizations have predicted Palomar’s demise. Bradwood LNG, one of the terminals on the Columbia, announced bankruptcy six weeks ago and the pipeline proposal seemingly has no gas supply. The US Forest Service recently listed the project “On Hold” a week after NorthernStar announced their bankruptcy. Despite Palomar’s claim, the Forest Service has told environmental groups that it has ceased all specialist support for the ongoing surveys for the Environmental Impact Statement.

“Palomar’s initial schedule had them cutting trees this summer,” says Bark Program Director, Amy Harwood. “Every day the pipeline hasn’t been constructed is another day of victory. There’s just too much stacked up against this project.”

Last week Bark and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club joined with an impacted landowner to appeal the state leasing decision for the other proposed terminal on the Columbia River, Oregon LNG. The controversial leasing by the State of Oregon to Oregon LNG has left its proposal vulnerable. This poses another hit to Palomar’s ability to stay relevant in gas expansion for the Pacific Northwest.

“We need a cancellation,” says Paul Sansone, one of thousands of landowners impacted by pipeline development. “People’s lives have been put on hold because of these projects. To sit on the proposals for the next five years waiting for a gas supply is unethical.”


  1. Vonda Kay Brock says:

    Another great example of the fortitude and the determination of the citizens of this Pacific Northwest who truly love this land. And furthermore this support and constant pressure against this project is bi-partison , multi- age bracketed ,and economically deversified all the way. These people , young and old all know one can’t make a broken egg shell whole ever again and no matter the “if’s and but’s” , the promises and predictions, the money and power, broken is broken. This needs to be put to rest because while going forward means working consistantly for renewable energy sources , there is also the need now for greater control and oversite of the Domestic natural gas pipelines that are fast being added to that fossil fuels infrastructure. True , horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has opened up that fossil fuel market to sustain us for a time ,but just as any other major money maker, there will be those who try to bend the rules and side step environmental issues. Just looking at the Gulf Of Mexico right now is proof of that. We must demand the minimal amount of pipeline infrastructure, the maximam oversite and control and the consistant forward search and experimentation that leads to total renewable energy for our future generations. I am so proud to have been a part of this stewardship.

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