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USCG recommends Jordan Cove LNG project

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) recently completed a review of the Waterway Suitability Assessment submitted by KSEAS Consulting on behalf of Jordan Cove LNG for the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal.

Based upon this review, the Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River recommended to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the waterway in its current state be considered suitable for LNG marine traffic associated with this project.

The specific measures and the resources needed are documented in a Letter of Recommendation submitted to the FERC.

The USCG received official notification in January 2017 of the company’s proposal to build an LNG terminal in Coos Bay. During the course of that time, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel worked with the applicant, state and local emergency response providers, as well as port and community stakeholders, to assess the safety and security issues associated with LNG tankers travelling into Coos Bay.

“We continue working with local officials and the port community to ensure that every measure is taken to ensure the excellent safety record of the marine transport of LNG is continued if an LNG terminal is built in Coos Bay,” said Captain William Timmons, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River. “At this point, the waterway can accommodate the types of vessels associated with the proposed Jordan Cove LNG facility. We are working together to make sure that any resource issues are resolved through the Emergency Response Planning Process.”

The USCG confirmed that it will continue to work with the FERC on the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that addresses the effects of the proposed safety and security measures along the waterway.

If the facility is permitted by FERC, Jordan Cove LNG will be required to submit an Emergency Response Plan and Transit Management plans that identify the resources necessary to support the Waterways Suitability Analysis and facility operation. The applicant will also have to document its cost sharing arrangements with the affected communities for project related expenses.

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