Court ruling a setback for Oregon pipeline

Oregon Court of Appeals upholds Clatsop County’s right to reject pipeline
By Natural Resource News Note:

The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected a motion to force Clatsop County to allow Oregon LNG to build 41 miles of pipeline through the county. The pipeline would carry liquefied natural gas to a proposed export terminal in Warrenton, near the mouth of the Columbia River.

In November 2010, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners approved a request from Oregon LNG to build the pipeline, but in March 2011, a newly elected board reversed that decision. Oregon LNG filed a motion with the Clatsop County Circuit Court challenging the board’s right to reverse itself. The court rejected that motion, and Oregon LNG then filed with the Court of Appeals.

Opponents of the pipeline and export/import terminal have been fighting the project for the past seven years. “It’s exciting. It’s been a long fight,” Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of the conservation group, Columbia Riverkeeper, told the Oregonian.

However, the fight may not be over yet. Oregon LNG could still ask the state Supreme Court or the federal government to review or preempt the decision.


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