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Jordan Cove pipeline project throws in the towel

Jes Burns/OPB

The bitter and protracted battle over the Jordan Cove Energy Project has finally come to a close. The Calgary-based Pembina company has formally asked federal energy regulators to withdraw authorizations for the proposed pipeline and liquified natural gas export terminal in southwest Oregon.

Susan Jane Brown is an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene. She says the decision to abandon Jordan Cove represents a hard-fought victory for the environmental groups, landowners, tribes and others who’ve opposed it.

"For all of us that have been working together to fight this project for so long, it’s a huge sigh of relief," she says. "And in a lot of ways it’s hard to believe that maybe it’s finally true."

Jordan Cove was given a key permit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last year. But Pembina was unable to convince Oregon state regulators that the proposal could meet environmental standards.

When legal efforts to overturn those state denials failed, the company was left with no real path forward, and finally pulled the plug.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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