Federal agencies work on approval of pipeline to serve Oregon LNG project

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will jointly announce in the Oct. 28 Federal Register the availability of the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP) Projects Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Land Management Plan amendments.

The documents will be up for public comment for 30 days beyond that point. 

The comprehensive Jordan Cove Energy and PCGP Projects Final EIS includes consideration of the proposed actions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the cooperating agencies, including a BLM right-of-way (ROW) grant and the associated BLM Resource Management Plan (RMP) and U.S. Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) amendments, collectively referred to as the Land Management Plan (LMP) amendments.

The proposed actions described in the Final EIS include a number of amendments to the BLM and the USFS LMPs for the BLM Coos Bay, Roseburg, and Medford Districts and the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District and the Umpqua, Rogue River, and Winema National Forests..

Following issuance of the Final EIS and resolution of any protests, the BLM and USFS will prepare Records of Decision regarding the proposed LMP amendments. The BLM, with concurrence from the USFS and the Bureau of Reclamation, will also prepare a Record of Decision regarding whether to grant or deny ROW grants across federal lands.

Pacific Connector LP has proposed to construct a 234-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline from an existing interstate gas transmission pipeline at Malin, Oregon, to a proposed natural gas liquefaction plant and export terminal at Jordon Cove in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is responsible for authorization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and pipelines. The FERC will be the lead agency for the environmental analysis of the construction and operation of the proposed project.

If FERC chooses to authorize the PCGP, the BLM, under the provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act, would be responsible for granting a right-of-way grant to cross federal lands. Approximately 41 miles of the project cross lands administered by the BLM through four BLM districts, and 30 miles of the project would cross national forest system lands managed by three national forests. The project would also cross facilities and easements administered by the Bureau of Reclamation in the Klamath Basin Project area.

Before the BLM can issue a right-of-way grant, the BLM would need to make project-specific amendments to four of its management plans and the U.S. Forest Service would need to make project-specific amendments to three of its management plans.

FERC on Sept. 30 issued a final environmental impact statement on the Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon, with that project to be supplied with electricity from a new power plant nearby. In May 2013, Jordan Cove Energy Project LP filed an application for its liquefaction project with FERC under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP in June 2013 filed its companion application with the FERC for the supply pipeline to Jordan Cove’s LNG terminal.

Jordan Cove seeks authorization to construct and operate a new LNG export terminal in Coos County, Oregon. The terminal would be capable of receiving natural gas, processing that gas, liquefying it into LNG, storing the LNG, and loading the LNG onto vessels at its marine dock. Jordan Cove indicated that it could receive a maximum of 1.03 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from Pacific Connector and produce a maximum of 6.8 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA) of LNG.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.