Company withdraws request for key permit on Jordan Cove Energy Project
EUGENE, Ore. – Under heavy grassroots pressure, the Jordan Cove Energy Project today announced it has withdrawn its application for a key permit for the natural gas project. Pembina, the company behind the project, announced the withdrawal of its removal-fill permit one day after the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) denied the company’s request for an extension and indicated the permit would likely be denied.
The Jordan Cove Energy Project is a proposed 229-mile pipeline that would transport fracked gas from Canada to be exported as LNG from Coos Bay in Oregon. The project, which would cut a 95-foot-wide scar across forests, watersheds and tribal lands along the route, faced fierce opposition from local communities.
In response, Gabrielle Raviolo, Oregon grassroots organizer at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement:
The withdrawal of this permit application shows just how risky the Jordan Cove Energy Project is. Despite years of public outcry, Pembina expected preferential treatment from the state government to continue their environmentally destructive pipeline. After rubberstamping extensions at the company’s request four times, DSL finally heard our call and forced the project to comply with the law.
If Pembina attempts to reapply or find a loophole to move forward, they should know that the communities fighting this project are not going away. We will stand up for our health, lands and water until this project is stopped.
Contact: Patrick Davis, (202) 222-0744, [email protected]