The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is the agency charged with review and approval of Jordan Cove Energy Project’s LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Company’s associated pipeline (“Jordan Cove Project”). Upon receipt of an application, FERC initiates review of the potential environmental impacts of a proposed project under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). The NEPA process entails substantial public comment periods and results in both and draft environmental impact statement (“EIS”) and final EIS prior to FERC issuing a final decision on the application.
Jordan Cove will submit its applications in August at which time the public will be able to access all information submitted to FERC. We currently anticipate FERC issuing a decision on the applications in November of 2018. Information submitted to FERC can be accessed on FERC’s website through its elibrary at https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp under the pre-filing docket number: PF17-4.
There are also a number of federal, state and local agencies who will be required to issue permits for the Jordan Cove Project. Below is a partial list of some of the federal and state agencies that will issue permits or review the project.
- Army Corps of Engineers – Sections 404 and 408 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers & Harbors Act. http://www.usace.army.mil/
- Bureau of Land Management – issuance of right-of-way for the pipeline. http://www.blm.gov
- Forest Service – concurrence in issuance of the pipeline right-of-way. http://www.fs.fed.gov
- Bureau of Reclamation – concurrence in issuance of pipeline right-of-way. http://www.usbr.gov
- Coast Guard – Waterway suitability assessment and Letter of Recommendation. https://www.uscg.mil/
- Fish & Wildlife Service – consultation under the Endangered Species Act. https://www.fws.gov/
- National Marine Fisheries Service – authority under the Marina Mammal Protection Act. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/
- Department of Energy – coordination role http://www.oregon.gov/energy/Pages/index.aspx
- Department of Environmental Quality – permits under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. http://www.oregon.gov/deq/pages/index.aspx
- Department of Land Conservation and Development – Coastal Zone Management Consistency Determination. http://www.oregon.gov/lcd/pages/index.aspx
- There are numerous local land use permits that must be obtained.