The long-running saga of the Jordan Cove Energy Project is about to move to the federal courts.
Last month, a raft of environmental groups, tribes and landowners were joined by several Oregon state agencies in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to withdraw or re-hear the Jordan Cove decision.
In March, FERC gave the project a go-ahead, as long as it met a lengthy list of conditions before beginning construction of a 229-mile long pipeline and an export facility in Coos Bay.
Opponents say the commission’s approval was procedurally flawed and violated several federal environmental laws.
Thursday, by a 3-1 vote, the commissioners rejected those arguments.
Now, with their administrative appeals exhausted, opponents have 10 days to challenge the decision by filing suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.