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LNG in Oregon - Update

There are a host of new fossil fuel projects proposed in Oregon. 3 LNG terminals and 4 major pipelines are now actively seeking approval from local, state, and federal agencies. All of these projects will effectively use Oregon as a "back door" to hook California and the rest of the West Coast on a new generation of foreign fossil fuels.
The fun is just beginning!
The fun is just beginning!
This is an update to get folks up to speed on where things stand with these major fossil fuel projects. Give Ted Kulongoski a call or a letter to let him know that Oregonians think this is a bad idea.
(see contact info below!)


Three LNG terminal development projects are currently seeking State, local, and FERC permits in the State of Oregon. These three terminals now also involve multiple pipelines in the states of Oregon and Washington. Oregon uses approximately 0.64 bcf/d, on average. Each of the three LNG terminal projects is proposed to export approximately twice this amount. All pipelines are 30-36 inches, high pressure (over 1000 psi), and non-odorized.

Bradwood LNG. Capacity 1.3 bcf/d. NorthernStar Natural Gas is the developer, and NorthernStar is funded by a NY vulture capital firm, Matlin Patterson. The LNG terminal, located 38 miles up the Columbia River, has filed a formal application with FERC. The DEIS was issued in August 2007. NorthernStar Natural gas is also the developer for the Clearwater offshore proposal in So. California. NorthernStar will sell its Bradwood pipeline, which extends 35 miles across the Columbia River into Washington State, to NW Natural Gas, a major private utility in Oregon and Washington. There are homes within mile of this facility on Puget Island, Washington, and the tankers will pass within mile of the city of Astoria, Oregon. The project requires 700,000 cubic yards of dredging in critical salmon habitat for the LNG tanker turning basin. The project now clearly also involves the Palomar Pipeline Project (see below).

Also see:  link to www.dailyastorian.com,

(This is a very powerful article, with other gas companies giving their own perspective on the NorthernStar project. Kudos to the Daily A for their amazing journalism!)

Oregon LNG. Capacity 1.5 bcf/d. Oregon LNG has taken over Calpine's Astoria proposal, and is now owned by Leucadia National Corporation out of NY. Oregon LNG has just filed with FERC in the pre-application process. Their project involves a 117-mile pipeline from Warrenton, Oregon (near Astoria) to Molalla, Oregon. This pipeline would likely connect to the Palomar Project, as well. Oregon LNG's project has potentially serious impacts on commercial and recreational fishing at the mouth of the Columbia, and it also requires a large amount of dredging in habitat for threatened and endangered salmon. The pipeline would cross multiple major river and hundreds of streams.

Palomar Pipeline Project. This project is a joint venture of NW Natural Gas and Transcanada. The pipeline would extend 220 miles from near Bradwood to Maupin, Oregon, where it would connect with the major North-South Transcanada GTN pipeline. The Western half of the pipeline (from Molalla to the Columbia River) would only be constructed if LNG is approved at Bradwood or Warrenton. The Palomar Project is most closely linked with Bradwood, though, which has already responded to Palomar's open season and will send the majority of its gas through Palomar. NW Natural has only asked for 100 mmcf/d from this project to go to its own customers. The rest is presumably available for other Western markets.

Jordan Cove LNG Project. Capacity 1 bcf/d or more. The main project developer is Fort Chicago, a Canadian company. The project recently filed its application with FERC, and is also seeking multiple state and local permits. The project also involves the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a joint venture of PG&E, Williams Pipeline Co., and Fort Chicago. The Jordan Cove LNG terminal would require massive dredging in Coos Bay (probably several million cubic yards). The LNG terminal is being justified as a way to develop a container receiving terminal in Coos Bay (funds from the successfully approved LNG terminal will be used to develop Coos Bay's North Spit). There are many homes and multiple schools within 1 mile of this facility and the proposed LNG tanker path into the Coos Bay. The Pacific Connector will cross 223 miles of rugged Southern Oregon mountains and rivers, including the Coos, Umpqua, Coquille, Rogue, and Klamath Rivers. The pipeline will tie directly into PG&E's pipeline at Malin, Oregon.

Bronco Gas Pipeline. This project, recently announced, would connect Malin, Oregon to the Rocky Mountains. The 650-mile pipeline is proposed by Spectra Energy. Because the Northwest is constrained by pipeline capacity in its ability to use Rockies gas, Spectra Energy is arguing that it will deliver gas to "underserved" Western markets. This is a new project, and we have seen no application to FERC, yet.

Organizations fighting LNG in Oregon:

Citizens Against LNG (Coos Bay). citizensagainstlng.googlepages.com
Southern Oregon Pipeline Information Project. nocaliforniapipeline.com
Friends of Living Oregon Waters (FLOW). oregonwaters.org
Columbia Riverkeeper. columbiariverkeeper.org
Rivervision (Astoria). columbiarivervision.org
Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community (Longview).
-  http://www.landownersandcitizensforasafecommunity.com/
Cascadia Rising Tide. (Portland). Rising Tide North America. risingtidenorthamerica.org
Wahkiakum Friends of the River (Washington State). nolng.wahkiakum.info
Oregon Citizens Against the Pipeline(s). (Willamette Valley) OCAP. oregonfirst.net.

Contact List:

Governor Ted Kulongoski
Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301

The Honorable Darlene Hooley
U.S. House of Representatives
21570 Willamette Drive
West Linn, Oregon 97068
(503) 557-1324 phone
(503) 557-1981 fax

The Honorable Greg Walden
U.S. House of Representatives
131 NW Hawthorne, Ste 201
Bend, OR 97701
Main: 541-389-4408
Fax: 541-389-4452

The Honorable David Wu
U. S. House of Representatives
620 S. W. Main, Suite 606
Portland, OR 97205

The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
U. S. House of Representatives
729 N. E. Oregon Street, Suite 115
Portland, OR 97232

The Honorable Gordon Smith
United States Senate
One World Trade Center
121 S. W. Salmon Street, Suite 1250
Portland, OR 97204

The Honorable Ron Wyden
United States Senate
1220 S. W. Third Avenue, Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204


Senator Betsy Johnson
900 Court Street N. E., S-314
Salem, OR 97301

Senator Roger Beyer
900 Court Street, NE
State Capitol - Room S-217
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1709 - Salem
(503) 829-6910 - District

Senator Peter Courtney
900 Court Street, NE
State Capitol - Room S-203
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1600 - Salem
(503) 986-1717 - District

Senator Gary George
900 Court Street, NE
State Capitol - Room S-214
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1712
(503) 538-4122

Gas Sources 27.Nov.2007 15:05

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Side note:
The sources for the gas are Indonesia, the Middle East, Russia, and Peru. In all of these places, the impacts are much more extreme than here.


No LNG, No Pipeline ... WRONG! 14.Dec.2007 19:21


A lot of folks are making the mistake of assuming that if the LNG terminal is not built in NE Oregon, the Palomar Pipeline won't be built. This is primarily because of the proposed size of the pipeline, which is large enough to carry all of the LNG through Oregon and down to California. However, what will actually happen if the LNG terminal is not built is that Palomar will downsize its project to accommodate just the capacity that Northwest Natural needs to replace one of its contracts with its current supplier. Palomar is certainly hoping to transport all of that LNG, but they would certainly be happy to just get a pipeline laid between the project's two owners: TransCanada (in Central Oregon) and Northwest Natural (in the Wilammette Valley) In fact, TransCanada has been trying to persuade Northwest Natural to be a customer on a cross-cascades pipeline for years, but Northwest Natural continuously passed on the prospect because they were locked in with their current supplier. The difference now is that TransCanada has offered Northwest Natural's parent company (Northwest Natural Corp.) an equity stake in the project to sweeten the deal. Northwest Natural Corp. then instructs its utility to take out a big contract on the pipeline so that the project will be built and the parent company can realize a healthy return on a new asset.

Sadly, the whole LNG issue has kept anyone from really understanding what this Palomar project really is. It's primarily a pipeline that clearcuts Mt. Hood National Forest to deliver gas to Portland, while secondarily it's a conduit for LNG if the opportunity should arise.