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.
Download the application here. Please note: the file is large and may be slow to download.
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The Department of State Lands is reviewing comments received during the public comment period for the removal-fill permit application.
The comment period was open from December 6, 2018 to February 3, 2019 at 5 p.m. Public hearings to accept comment were held:
Written comments were also accepted during hearings, by web form, email, fax, and postal mail. All comments received are read and reviewed by the Department. Comments are used to identify substantive issues relevant to the removal-fill law that the applicant will be asked to address.
All comments will be provided to the applicant, and posted online.
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