Southern Oregon commissioners say Jordan Cove Project too risky

A Southern Oregon county board is telling the federal government that a proposed natural gas pipeline violates environmental laws and would provide only short-term economic benefits for the area.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 11:10 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 11:12 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A Southern Oregon county board is telling the federal government that a proposed natural gas pipeline violates environmental laws and would provide only short-term economic benefits for the area.

The Mail Tribune reports Jackson County Commissioners Rick Dyer, Colleen Roberts and Bob Strosser said they unanimously oppose the Jordan Cove Project in a letter sent this month to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is reviewing the project.

They asked the regulatory commission to deny the proposal for a 229-mile underground pipeline that would stretch to a proposed export terminal near Coos Bay.

The Canadian company Pembina hopes to ship Canadian and American natural gas overseas, primarily to Asian markets.

Pembina said in a statement it has received a copy of the commissioners' comments and look forward to addressing them in upcoming meetings.

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