July 9, 2018: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rogue Climate has a Clean Water Joint Permit Application commenting workshop scheduled at the Coos Bay library, Myrtlewood Room (525 Anderson Ave). See OTHER Commenting Workshops and Guidelines from Rogue Climate here: www.noLNGexports/write-comments
July 13, 2018: 1:30 p.m. Hearing at the Owen Building, 201 N. Adams Street, Coquille, on the Pacific Connector Extension Applications under Coos County File Nos AP-18-001 and AP-18-002. This concerns extensions under Coos County File Nos EXT-18-001 and EXT-18-003 for the Pacific Connector OLD Pipeline Route Conditional Land Use Permits. Find more info on the current extension applications here: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/Planning/PlanningDepartment-Applications2018.aspx
July 21, 2018 5:00 p.m. (unless an extension is granted) Important Comments are due to U.S. Army Corps and DEQ on Jordan Cove’s Clean Water Joint Permit Application:
**Please ask that we are given more than 60 days to review this massive document
ARMY CORP PUBLIC NOTICE / INFO:
[I am currently in the process of trying to obtain a current electronic copy of this 401/404 Clean Water Joint Permit Application of the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector project and also a listing of where people can access hard copies and criteria regulations for the permit. The North Bend library does not have any copies of this application as of 6-16-2018.]
Hard copies of the Clean Water Joint Permit Application are supposed to be available in the following locations:
(Do not know if these are current versions of the application or not?)
Coos Bay Public Library: 525 Anderson Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Sutherlin Library/City Hall: 210 E Central Street, Sutherlin, OR 97479
Jackson County Library Services Central Library: 205 S Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
Klamath County Library: 126 South Third Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
A December 2017 version of the Jordan Cove Clean Water Joint Permit Application and Supplemental Information was filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and can be found here:
The Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP also uploaded their - Applicant Prepared Draft Biological Assessment under CP17-494 here:
CLEAN WATER JOINT PERMIT CRITERIA
· Section 10 of the Rivers & Harbors Act
· Section 14 of the Rivers & Harbors Act
· Section 401(State Water Quality Certification) https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/displayDivisionRules.action;JSESSIONID_OARD=JIcFD-wJ44xoPbHoatJS2XTN_KwuJl5WldxTykUjonYyWGJsWIxx!568786841?selectedDivision=1465 and
· Section 404 (Removal-Fill) which regulates the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands https://www.epa.gov/cwa-404/clean-water-laws-regulations-executive-orders#laws
· Section 408 (Permission) The proposal will be evaluated for impacts of the proposed alteration to flood conveyance, structural integrity, operation and maintenance, NEPA requirements, and flood fighting capabilities as well as meeting Corps policy and criteria.
NOTE: Despite the above reference to the Clean Water Act it is actually officially titled the FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/fedwaterpollutioncontrolact.pdf
· Is there an alternative to the project that is less environmentally damaging?
· Will the nation’s waters be significantly degraded?
· Will private or public water sources be negatively impacted?
· Were steps taken to avoid wetland impacts?
· Did the applicant minimize potential impacts on wetlands?
· Did the applicant provide compensation for any unavoidable impacts?
· Is the alteration in the public interest?
· Will the project violate state water quality standards? (See 401 link above)
· Link to additional commenting guidelines below from Rogue Climate and Rogue Riverkeeper:
Here is the comment writing guide for organizations and folks who want to write very in-depth comments (10 pages).
Here is the comment writing guide for the general public.
Here is the comment writing guide for impacted landowners.
It's updated on the website too, so please feel free to continue sharing: www.noLNGexports/write-comments
Thanks to Sarah W, Allie R, Stacey D, Robyn J, Maya and Dan S for helping write these guides and companion materials.
Looking forward to *thousands* of high-quality comments!
Send 404/408 Clean Water Joint Permit application comments to:
Corps Email: NWPfirstname.lastname@example.org
Corps Postal Mail:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
North Bend Field Office
2201 North Broadway, Suite C
North Bend, Oregon 97459-2372
Send 401Clean Water Joint Permit application comments to:
· Link to more info on the Jordan Cove DEQ 401 application here:
DEQ Email: JCEP401PublicComment@deq.state.or.us
DEQ Postal Mail:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Ave, Suite 100
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine
July 25, 2018 Comments due to the FERC under Docket PL18-1-000 concerning their NOI. (See link below) FERC is seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help the Commission explore whether, and if so how, it should revise its approach under its currently effective policy statement on the certification of new natural gas transportation facilities to determine whether a proposed natural gas project is or will be required by the present or future public convenience and necessity, as that standard is established in section 7 of the Natural Gas Act.
· Federal Register Notice here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-30/pdf/2018-11527.pdf?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email
· Read entire FERC Notice of Inquiry regarding Certification of New Interstate Natural Gas Facilities under PL18-1 here:
The Commission seeks input on whether, and if so how, the Commission should adjust:
(1) its methodology for determining whether there is a need for a proposed project, including the Commission’s consideration of precedent agreements and contracts for service as evidence of such need;
(2) its consideration of the potential exercise of eminent domain and of landowner interests related to a proposed project; and
(3) its evaluation of the environmental impact of a proposed project.
The Commission also seeks input on whether there are specific changes the Commission could consider implementing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its certificate processes including pre-filing, post-filing, and post-order issuance.
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WEIGH-IN
July 27, 2018 1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Comments due to U.S. Dept of Energy (DOE) on new LNG Export Study: “Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports.” Comments are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time (1:30 Pacific time) See Federal Register Notice here:
Of course they are not documenting ALL the costs of exporting LNG. We need to be flooding these guys with all the data they missed on climate impacts and costs from continuing to use and “increasing” the use of fracking and fossil fuels. Particularly when we can prove renewable energy is far cheaper, cleaner and in the public interest.
DOE Releases 2018 LNG Export Study
Posted on Jun 13, 2018