LUBA (Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals) overthrew a North Bend decision to allow Jordan Cove LNG to dump dredge spoils under the south end of the McCullough Bridge. 

This is a victory, because Jordan Cove LNG plan would have destroyed eel grass beds, where baby fish, crabs, and other creatures live. 

Timeline:

  • August 19, 2019 – North Bend Planning Commission approved JCEP’s permit
  • Citizens for Renewables appealed the decision to North Bend City Council
  • October 4, 2019 – North Bend dismissed CFR’s appeal
  • Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Citizens For Renewables applealed to LUBA (The Land Use Board of Appeals of Oregon)
  • July 17, 2020 – LUBA reversed the City of North Bend’s approval of JCEP’s application

This shows that what we do – all of us who are standing up for our Bay – matters.  It took a little over 1 year … folks testifying at public hearings, writing letters, facebooking, calling our elected officials, filing protests & appeals … and sticking with the legal process, to put a HUGE ROADBLOCK in front of Jordan Cove LNG.

“We hope that Pembina will see this decision, along with permit denials from the State of Oregon, as a clear indication that the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal scheme is incompatible with Oregon’s laws and Oregon’s environment, and will cancel the proposed terminal and pipeline for good.” – Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director

“We are so glad to see that the LUBA upheld the intent and requirements of the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan. The Coos estuary is so critical to the vitality of our crabbing, clamming, fishing, oyster and recreation industries.”  – Jody McCaffree, Executive Director, Citizens for Renewables

For more details, see Crag Law Center’s press release: https://crag.org/new-setback-for-jordan-cove-lng-export-terminal/