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Oregon LNG
Oregon LNG has applied for air and water quality permits to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas shipping and receiving terminal. The facility would be located on the northern portion of the East Bank Skipanon Peninsula near the confluence of the Skipanon and Columbia Rivers in Warrenton.

The terminal will have the capacity to produce nine million metric tons of LNG per year, which is equivalent to the liquefaction of approximately 1.25 billion cubic feet per day of pretreated natural gas. The proposed project also will include project approximately 121 miles of new pipeline. The first phase of this proposed project is the construction of the terminal.

DEQ received an application for stormwater construction general permit coverage for the proposed pipeline. DEQ determined the application to be incomplete, lacking the necessary land use findings required by DEQ rule. DEQ requires applicable land use findings for the entire project impact area prior to review of pipeline related applications.

The company also must get other approvals for this proposed project from several state and federal agencies.

Current News

On Nov. 18, DEQ issued a public notice for a 401 Water Quality Certification which initiated a 60-day public comment period. This public notice was issued concurrently with the US Army Corps of Engineer's notice. DEQ is seeking comments on project elements related to water quality as they pertain to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Application materials are available for public review at the DEQ Northwest Region office, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201.

Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 17, 2015. 
Mail: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Attn: Sara Christensen, 401 WQC Coordinator
2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR  97201
Fax: 503-229-6957

Information meeting

On Nov. 12, 2013, DEQ held a meeting at the Liberty Theater in Astoria to share information, answer questions and receive comments about the permit applications for the construction and operation of the terminal facility.
Audio comments recorded at the meeting are available here.
Comments transcript: Liberty Theater
Comments transcript: McTavish Room

See public notice for more information about the permit applications.



Permit applications

Wastewater permit application
The wastewater permit would limit wastewater pollution discharged to the Columbia and Skipanon Rivers. 
Construction stormwater permit application  
The construction stormwater permit would regulate runoff from construction activities.
Air quality permit application
The air quality permit would limit the emissions of air pollutants including greenhouse gases. 

Liquefied Natural Gas Spill Response in Oregon

Under Oregon law, the definition of oil or oils includes liquefied natural gas. Therefore, any business that wants to transfer 10,000 gallons or more of liquefied natural gas from a facility or a vessel over water must have a DEQ-approved spill contingency plan.
DEQ has not finalized spill cleanup standards or methods specifically for large releases from a liquefied natural gas facility or vessel. Therefore, if when a business asks to conduct a transfer of liquefied natural gas facility over water, DEQ would seek to change rules based on the best available cleanup practices known for liquefied natural gas.
At a minimum, several existing spill response requirements are likely to remain. DEQ would require a business that has a spill to immediately notify Oregon Emergency Response. DEQ will require a business to prepare to manage a spill by participating in spill scenario tabletop drills including a worst case drill at least once every three years.

Liquefied Natural Gas

Liquefied Natural Gas, commonly referred to as LNG, is a fuel source that has been super-cooled to a liquid at -260 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of the cooling process, the volume of the gas is significantly reduced, making it more economical to transport. After transport, the liquid is reheated. As it warms, it also increases in volume. The gas is then sent out via pipelines and used a source of energy.

How LNG projects are permitted

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is responsible for deciding where to allow a liquefied natural gas facility to operate.
If a facility gains federal approval, a number of state agencies review applicable permit applications.
The Oregon Department of Energy is playing a coordinating role on behalf of the state.
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development also reviews the facility to determine whether the project is consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Zone Management Act.

DEQ’s role

DEQ regulates businesses and industry to ensure they meet applicable environmental laws. If a facility can prove they comply with these laws, DEQ must issue permits for them to operate. If they cannot meet these standards, DEQ does not issue the requested permits.

Agency contacts

Jennifer Purcell, North Coast Regional Solutions Team, Tillamook, OR, 971-212-5745.