FERC Sued to Stop Unlawful Jordan Cove LNG Terminal
WASHINGTON – NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) filed a lawsuit today against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over its unlawful approval of a liquefied natural gas export facility near Coos Bay in Oregon.
The Jordan Cove Energy Project, comprised of the LNG export facility and associated pipeline, makes no sense and harms the environment. FERC had rejected this same project four years ago. In reversing itself, the commission violated its own weak rules. In fact, the only customer for the gas so far is the project developer itself.
The petition (link here) was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The following is a statement by Gillian Giannetti, a lawyer for NRDC’s Sustainable FERC Project:
“FERC got it right the first time when it rejected this harmful project, and it hasn’t adequately explained its about face.”
“Jordan Cove still hasn’t identified any outside buyers for this gas, and so that means landowners will lose their land and the environment faces great risks all for a project that will undoubtedly become a white elephant.”
For more on the problems with this project and NRDC’s lawsuit, please see this blog.
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