Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are accepting public comments on an application from the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The project calls for building a liquefied natural gas facility on the North Spit of Coos Bay near North Bend and a connecting roughly 230-mile pipeline near Malin that would cross Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
The facility would be able to handle up to 7.8 million tons of liquefied natural gas each year and be capable of receiving and loading ocean-going carriers exporting the liquefied natural gas. The project would include the following elements: underground utilities and a gas feed to the terminal, a marine slip and access channel, a marine offloading facility, a regional emergency response center, temporary workforce housing and related road and highway improvements.
The project would also involve dredging four areas abutting the Coos Bay Channel and placing dredged material in four locations. The connecting Pacific Connector project would include installing a 36-inch diameter welded steel gas pipe and a compressor station near Malin. Construction in wetlands and waterways would include trenching, blasting, fluming, damming and pumping, horizontal directional drilling and other methods.
The liquefied natural gas facility would affect waterways and wetlands on the North Spit, in Coos Bay, at dredge disposal sites, and at the Kentuck Slough golf course mitigation site. The Pacific Connector project would affect waterways and wetlands in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
The applicant has provided mitigation plans to offset impacts on affected wetlands and waterways. The plan includes enhancing the former Kentuck golf course and abutting land near North Bend and creating an eelgrass bed in Coos Bay southwest of the current Southwest Oregon Regional Airport runway in North Bend.
A Section 401 Water Quality Certification is required through DEQ for any federally licensed or permitted projects that may result in a discharge into navigable waters. Specifically, the certification ensures that work permitted under a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit will meet the state's water quality standards. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for evaluating the permit application under Section 404.
DEQ's public comment period on the Section 401 Water Quality Certification application closes on July 21, 2018. Written comments on the application related to water quality must be received at DEQ by 5 p.m. on July 21. Written comments may be emailed to JCEP401PublicComment@deq.state.or.us
, faxed to 541-686-7551 or mailed to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 165 E. 7th Ave, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401, Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine.
DEQ will review and consider all comments on the application received during the public comment period. Following this review, DEQ may request additional information from the applicant. DEQ will use the application material to develop an evaluation findings report and draft certification decision.
Once a draft certification decision is developed, DEQ will conduct an additional public comment period, during which the public will have an opportunity to provide comments prior to the final certification decision document. DEQ may issue the final certification decision on the project as proposed, issue the certification with conditions, or deny the certification.
To see a copy of the public notice, sign up for alerts on the project and see regular updates, view the Jordan Cove Energy Project webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Programs/Pages/Jordan-Co...
You may also view documents or download documents to your electronic device at one of DEQ's offices below. While not required, scheduling an appointment will ensure that documents are readily accessible during your visit. To schedule an appointment please call one of the offices listed below.
• Northwest Regional Office - 700 NE Multnomah St, Suite 600 Portland, OR 97232-4100
o Phone Number: 503-229-5263; Toll free in Oregon: 800-452-4011
• Eugene Office – 165 E. 7th Ave., Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401
o Phone Number: 541-686-7838; Toll free in Oregon: 800- 844-8467
• Coos Bay Office - 381 N Second St., Coos Bay, OR 97420
o Phone Number: 541-269-2721, ext. 0
• Medford Office - 221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201, Medford, OR 97501
o Phone Number: 541-776-6010; Toll free in Oregon: 877-823-3216
• Salem Office - 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302
o Phone Number: 503-378-8240; Toll free in Oregon: 800-349-7677
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org