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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The permit decision deadline for the Jordan Cove Energy
Project removal-fill application has been extended to September 20, 2019. A
decision may be made sooner if DSL is in
possession of all necessary information to make a permit decision.
Additional time is necessary to complete the removal-fill permitting process.
Due to robust participation in the review and comment period for the Jordan
Cove removal-fill permit application, additional time is needed for these
Current Step: Final Technical Review. This step includes:
Review of Comments. Approximately 49,000 to 57,000 comments were received (please see FAQ for more info about the
approximate number). DSL has reviewed all comments and requested that the applicant address substantive issues relevant
to the removal-fill law. DSL letter requesting additional information from the applicant
Response. The final technical review step also includes time for the
applicant to address relevant comments and other issues identified by DSL. These
may addressed by the applicant in written response, through project revisions,
providing additional information, or other action as appropriate. All comments
are also provided to the applicant, and the applicant is asked to respond.
Final Step: Permit Decision. DSL evaluates the entire application
record against the criteria for permit issuance and makes a decision to either
approve or deny the permit application. The extension also allows DSL the time
necessary to thoroughly evaluate the record and make a decision.
The comment period was open from December 6,
2018 to February 3, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Public hearings to accept comments were held:
Comments received by Postal Mail.
- Monday, Jan. 7 in Klamath Falls.
- Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Central Point.
- Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Canyonville.
- Thursday, Jan. 10 in North Bend.
- Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Salem.
Comments received by Web Form and Email (Emails are grouped by date received).
Frequently Asked Questions
These questions are questions frequently
asked of DSL staff, as well as questions submitted during the public comment hearings. DSL updates this FAQ as questions are
answered, so please check back often.
Jordan Cove Removal-Fill FAQ (Updated March 5, 2019)
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.
2018: DSL agreed to extend the revised application submittal deadline to
April 30, 2018, as requested by the applicant.
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.
Nov. 7, 2018: DSL received a revised removal-fill permit application for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. DSL has until Dec. 6 to conduct a completeness review of the submitted materials.
Dec. 6, 2018: 60-day public comment period opens for the Jordan Cove removal-fill permit application.
Application Please note: the file is large and may be slow to download.
Jordan Cove Energy Project Memo to Land Board
Oregon Supreme Court opinion affirming Port of Coos Bay permit decision
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
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
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.
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