Reports: Oregon LNG drops plans for export terminal project

Reports out of Oregon on April 15 said that Oregon LNG has dropped its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project after running into stiff local opposition and problems getting needed permits for the project from local governments.

The LNG export terminal was to be located at the mouth of the Columbia River in Warrenton. Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala told local media that an Oregon LNG official told him the company’s decision to withdraw from the project was “a funding decision.”

Concerns over the project’s potential to harm Warrenton’s fishing industry and environment had sparked protests. “It didn’t have a lot of public support, I’ll put it that way,” Warrenton City Commissioner Henry Balensifer III said April 15.

Oregon LNG has also planned an 87-mile pipeline would have shuttled Canadian natural gas from Woodland, Wash., to the Warrenton LNG terminal.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said in a statement: “I shared the concerns that the Oregon LNG project would have had negative environmental and economic impacts, and I am relieved that local voices prevailed.”

The Sierra Club said in an April 15 statement that it had opposed this $6 billion project, including intervening in FERC proceedings and requesting that the pipeline and terminal applications be denied. The Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign Lena Moffitt said: “Dirty fuel infrastructure projects will only increase drilling and fracking, polluting our communities and environment, and furthering climate disruption.”

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