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The State Land Board, and DSL as the Land Board’s administrative agency, have jurisdiction over the submerged and submersible land of the territorial sea. This includes:
Most undersea cable projects require both an easement and a removal-fill permit from DSL.
The Department of State Lands will be seeking public comment on a request for use of the Pacific Ocean seabed and shore in Tillamook County near Cloverdale. AMCS LLC, an affiliate of Amazon Web Services, has applied for a territorial sea cable easement and a removal-fill permit for the Bifrost undersea fiber optic telecommunication cable.
Sign up here to receive email updates on DSL comment opportunities for the Bifrost project and future undersea cable projects in Oregon.
See the full easement application (# 64189-EA) here. Following the public comment period, DSL staff develop a recommendation to the State Land Board and the Land Board decides whether to approve or deny the easement.
DSL hosted two public meeting opportunities on Wednesday, March 15 to learn more about this project and several permits under review. One was hosted online and the recording can be watched here, the other was hosted at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City.
Written comments may be submitted via online form, email to email@example.com, or postal mail to the DSL Salem office, at 775 Summer St. NE, Salem OR 97301, attn: Northwest Region Proprietary Coordinator.
Please reference the application number for the removal-fill permit or the easement in your comment.
The comment period closes on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Learn more about waterway authorizations (including, in the territorial sea) and removal-fill permits here.
The Department of State Lands oversees the approvals required for territorial sea cable easements and a removal-fill permits.
However, there are several other approvals that are required for the overall project, for example:
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