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USACE takes public comments on the review of Jordan Cove LNG

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The Portland District, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced that it intends to accept funds from Jordan Cove energy Project L.P. (JCLNG), in order to review the potential consequences to the Coos Bay Federal Navigation Channel. This supersedes the previous notice that was published earlier in 2015.

Funds would be allocated internally by Portland district in order to facilitate the Department of the Army processing of a request for JCLNG to both construct and operate an LNG terminal located on the bay side of the north split of Coos Bay, Coos County, Oregon, US.

An access channel has been proposed, which would be built from the Coos Bay Federal Navigation Channel to the proposed terminal marine slip. In addition to this, the construction and operation of an underground natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Klamath County to the proposed terminal would also be included in the project. The review will evaluate whether or not any Corps-authorised civil works projects might suffer from either the marine slip or access channel.

Any funds supplied by JCLNG that are unused will return to JCLNG. JCLNG also holds the right to withdraw their Section 408 request at any time. In this scenario, the USACE would have to return any unexpended funds.

The USACE has also claimed that it will solicit comments on this proposal to accept funds from the public, state, federal and local agencies and officials, as well as from other interested parties. These comments will form part of the record, and will be taken into consideration when determining whether or not to proceed with the action. If it is determined that the acceptance of the funds would not be adverse to public interest, then a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed to accept said funds from JCLNG.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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