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Jordan Cove Energy Project

The Department of State Lands (DSL) has received a removal-fill permit application for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The application covers the three main elements of the project: 1) the liquefied natural gas (LNG) slip and access channel; 2) the LNG terminal; and 3) the natural gas pipeline. 

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Current Status
The application status is currently “awaiting revision.” Jordan Cove LNG requested on August 24, 2018 that the application remain in awaiting revision status and the resubmittal deadline be extended to November 30, 2018. DSL agreed to the request.

If a revised application is received, a 30-day completeness review will begin. If the application is determined to be complete, a public comment period will begin.

The minimum public comment period is 30 days; DSL intends to keep the public comment period for this application open for 60 days.  During the public comment period, a public hearing will be held in each of the counties – Coos, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath – where the project is proposed to be located.


Timeline: Jordan Cove Energy Project application

Nov. 3, 2017: Jordan Cove LNG submitted a removal-fill permit application. DSL had 30 days to conduct a completeness review of the submitted materials. 

Dec. 1, 2017: DSL concluded the completeness review and determined that the application was incomplete. Additional information was needed in a variety of areas, including but not limited to project purpose and need, impacts to recreation in the bay, fill dimensions and volumes, compensatory wetland mitigation, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife fish-passage requirements, and required signatures. Under Oregon removal-fill law, the applicant has 120 days to provide the information, or DSL may administratively close the application.

March 12, 2018: DSL agreed to extend the revised application submittal deadline to April 30, 2018, as requested by the applicant. 

April 24, 2018: DSL agreed to extend the submittal deadline to May 18, 2018. Jordan Cove LNG requested the additional time to prepare a revised permit application to address the information deficiencies identified during DSL’s completeness review. 

May 10, 2018: DSL received a revised removal-fill permit application for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. DSL had 30 days conduct a completeness review of the submitted materials. 

June 4, 2018: Jordan Cove LNG requested that DSL suspend review of their removal-fill permit application and change its status to “awaiting revision.” The Department agreed to the request.

Aug. 24, 2018: Jordan Cove LNG requests that the “awaiting revision” application status continue, and the resubmittal deadline be extended to November 30, 2018. The Department agreed to the request.

Related Documents 


Jordan Cove Energy Project Memo to Land Board

Oregon Supreme Court opinion affirming Port of Coos Bay permit decision

Background Information 

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is responsible for regulating removal and fill in waters of the state, which are defined as “natural waterways including all tidal and non-tidal bays, intermittent streams, constantly flowing streams, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water” in Oregon. State law (ORS 196.800-990) governs the removal-fill regulatory program.

DSL also has jurisdiction over submerged and submersible land – the “beds and banks” – of tidally influenced and navigable waterways. Structures and facilities on these state-owned lands require an authorization from DSL. ORS Chapter 274 governs submerged and submersible lands.

The proposed Jordan Cove project will require both a removal-fill permit and various proprietary authorizations for the use of state-owned submerged and submersible lands. The timelines for each may vary.

Both federal and state agencies have regulatory jurisdiction over various components of the proposed project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has exclusive authority to site LNG terminals in the United States. Additional state approvals and reviews are required from the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Department of State Lands.

Additional Information 
This website is kept current with information about the permit and authorizations for which DSL has authority. The Oregon Department of Energy website offers information about the overall State of Oregon process.  

Oregon Department of Energy website

 Jordan Cove LNG LLC website 


Eric Metz
Planning and Policy Manager
Phone: 503-986-5266 

Ali Ryan Hansen
Communications Manager
Phone: 503-986-5298

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