States seek LNG control

A new bill turns federal control of LNG over to states, but a Coos Bay site is still possible.

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A new bill would give control of liquefied natural gas ports back to states. The 2005 Energy Policy Act currently gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission contol over the import and export of LNG.

If the bill passes, however, the approval of a Coos Bay LNG site would not be overturned unless a federal appeal is successful.

“Oregonians have said time and again that they don’t want some federal agency 3,000 miles away forcing LNG terminals on them,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a statement. “I’m not going to stop until Oregonians get to decide whether or not they need LNG terminals and, if they do, where to put them.”

The bill would not overturn commission approval of the Bradwood Landing project, or the Jordan Cove project on Coos Bay, but would apply to both if federal approvals are overturned on appeal, said Wyden spokesman Tom Towslee. The bill would apply to the Oregon LNG project in Warrenton, because it has yet to win commission approval.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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