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DEQ Denies Jordan Cove Water Quality Application
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a decision on Jordan Cove’s application for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification. The certification is required for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue permits for the Liquified Natural Gas project slated for Coos Bay’s North Spit. DEQ’s concerns that led to the denial without prejudice included expected effects on water temperature and sediment in streams and wetlands during construction and operation of the proposed pipeline and associated road and work areas. They were also concerned about the risk of release of drilling materials from the construction of the proposed crossing of the Coos Bay estuary. DEQ had requested additional information on the application but had not received all of it. Pembina officials responded saying the denial was based on procedural concerns DEQ has in relation to recent court decisions. The management team is working to better understand the decision and its impacts. They will respond with updates when appropriate. The denial was made without prejudice which means Jordan Cove can reapply.