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From Import to Export

The Jordan Cove project was first proposed in 2005, to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) and help meet demand in the United States. However, as the fracking boom transformed the North American market and the U.S. and Canada became net natural gas producers, the project was reimagined as an export project that could process up to one billion cubic feet of gas per day. In 2017, Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation inherited the Jordan Cove project when it acquired Veresen, which is also headquartered in Alberta.


Fracked Gas, Foreign Markets

If the project is approved, the natural gas would come from fracking fields in the U.S. Rockies and from the Montney formation in Canada. The gas would be conveyed along the Ruby and GTM transmission lines before entering the Pacific Connector in Malin, Oregon. From there, the gas would travel 229 miles through four counties in southwest Oregon. Once liquefied at the new Jordan Cove facility, the LNG would be shipped to Asian markets. 


The Regulatory Process

All new pipeline projects must be granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and LNG terminals require authorization from the Commission. This is a public process that includes the publication of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, a comment period that includes public hearings, the issuance of a final Environmental Impact Statement, and a final decision from FERC. In addition, Pembina must acquire many other permits and certifications from state and local agencies. These include certifications under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, which assert that the project will not impair the waters of the state, and certification from the State that the project is consistent with the goals of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

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