In a major decision on January 12, the Clatsop County Commission voted 4-1 to withdraw its previous approval for 41 miles of gas pipeline intended to serve the proposed Oregon LNG import terminal near Astoria. The vote is a major setback for LNG development on the Columbia River, and was the first vote cast in the terms of three new commissioners swept in last November by a public upset by the pro-LNG stance of the previous Commission.
Just last November, the outgoing County Commission voted 4-1 to move forward with approval for the pipeline development. State law allows counties to reconsider these types of decisions, and this week’ s vote both revokes Oregon LNG’s county approval for its pipeline, it sets the stage for additional public hearings in February.
The fact that Oregon LNG no longer has Clatsop land use approval for the pipeline is a major shift on a project that has been threatening Oregon’s salmon, clean water, farms and forests since 2004.
In 2010, local citizens submitted hundreds of comments urging the Clatsop County Commission to carefully review the public safety, economic, and environmental impacts of the Oregon LNG pipeline. And just last year, the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected the illegal decision by the former Commission on its approval for the nearby Bradwood Landing LNG terminal.
The next opportunity for local residents to show their support for this week’s vote to withdraw the Oregon LNG pipeline permit will be on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria, when the Commission will discuss and determine the scope of its ongoing review of the Oregon LNG pipeline application.
For more info on the impacts of the Oregon LNG proposal, view our fact sheet.
The Sierra Club is also working to stop the Jordan Cove LNG proposal in Coos Bay and southern Oregon. For more information on the Jordan Cove LNG proposal, view our fact sheet.