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COOS BAY, Ore. -- As the Federal Energy Regulation Commission hears feedback from the public on the proposed Jordan Cove Project, the company behind the project says a majority of landowners are supporting their plans.
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According to Pembina, 82% of private landowners along the proposed 229-mile route for the pipeline have signed easements. That means that if the project gets approved, Pembina can use their land.
To put that number in perspective, the last time the Jordan Cove Project was seeking approval, they had just 20% of landowners signed on.
Supporters of the project said they hope the commission will take notice.
However, the controversial project is also facing some pushback in the community, with some expressing concerns for the environment.
One landowner who lives in Coos County said he would lose his home if the project got approved and feels like he wouldn’t be fairly compensated.
Pembina officials said they will be working with landowners to make sure they are compensated. They said for a period of time they were offering $30,000 to landowners if they signed onto the project, regardless of whether or not the project passed.
The public comment session at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay is one of several the commission has planned.
Stay with KEZI 9 News as reporter Jessica Babb reports from Douglas County on Tuesday, where the public comment sessions continue.
People who have been rallying against the pipeline plan to continue on Tuesday.