Hearing on Jordan Cove Dredging
The Coos Bay City Council will hold a public hearing on the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s application to alter the navigation channel through the Coos Bay estuary, widening it to accommodate LNG (liquefied natural gas) tankers. The hearing on what is officially File No. 187-18-000153-PLNG-01 relating to Channel Navigation Alteration will take place on June 18, 7 p.m. in the Coos Bay City Council Chambers (500 Central Ave. in Coos Bay).
The Council staff report will be posted beforehand at http://coosbay.org/government/search_agendas-minutes. View current info on Jordan Cove here.
Oregon Shores strongly opposes the application, and has submitted extensively comments arguing that the project will violate the city’s land use plan and statewide planning standards, or in some cases that Jordan Cove simply has not provided necessary information. One important example is that the company has not made clear whether the channel would be widened through dredging or through blasting the rock bay bottom—until this is clear, no legitimate decision can be made. Oregon Shores has also opposed parallel applications with Coos County and the city of North Bend, since the channel alteration would affect areas within all three jurisdictions.
The final decision by the City Council may be appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals pursuant to ORS 197.830.