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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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The public comment period is now closed for the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s removal-fill permit application through the Department of State Lands.

A separate public comment period is anticipated later this year on whether or not to authorize the JCEP to use state-owned submerged and submersible lands (i.e., any tidally influenced waterways and any declared navigable waterways) for the project. DSL will announce new public comment opportunities on this page.

Current Status
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 remaining steps:

Current Step: Final Technical Review. This step includes:

  • DSL 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
  •  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.  

Comments Received

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, Web Form, & Email are available upon request.

Jordan Cove's Response to Comments

Jordan Cove's Response to Comments (Rec'd May 9, 2019, is available upon request; Please note: this file is large and may be slow to download)

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)


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.

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. 

Related Documents 

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

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
Legislative & Policy Analyst
Phone: 503-986-5266 

Ken Armstrong
Communications Manager
Phone: 503-986-5298

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