Another victory in the struggle to prevent LNG development in Oregon! On March 9, the Clatsop County Commission voted 4-1 to revoke Oregon LNG’s land use approval.
Oregon LNG and its New York-based financial backers have already filed a lawsuit to overturn the Commission’s decision, revealing once again that companies seeking to develop LNG in Oregon have little respect for local communities.
In related news, the federal Ninth Circuit Court on March 2 threw out Bradwood Landing LNG’s license, finally killing the contested LNG import terminal 20 miles up the Columbia River from Astoria. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had granted Bradwood Landing LNG a license to build the terminal and associated pipelines in 2008. However, the lack of clear demand for the gas combined with years of effective citizen opposition to the development finally caught up with the Texas-based financial backers of the project, who declared bankruptcy last year.
Despite these recent victories, the Oregon Legislature continues to move forward with HB 2700, a bill that would speed state permitting for LNG pipelines. This bill passed the Oregon House on March 2 despite significant bipartisan opposition. It now awaits action in the Senate. Learn more and contact your State Senator here!