Environmental protection is at the core of our plans. The Jordan Cove Project is committed to constructing and operating the LNG export terminal and natural gas pipeline in a manner that respects the environmental and cultural values of the communities in which we work.
Every aspect of the Project is and will continue to be carefully reviewed by federal, state and local regulators and we are committed to proactively engaging with local Tribes. The Project will, to the extent feasible, avoid and/or minimize impacts.
It is important to note that landowners granting an easement do not transfer the title of their land to the pipeline; it only gives the Project the right to use the land for the specified and limited purposes stated. The landowner retains ownership of the land and use of the surface with limited restrictions.
Once construction is complete, the landowner may farm, plant, graze or otherwise use the surface with the exception that no permanent building structures can be placed within the limits of the right of way.
To ensure compliance with a multitude of regulatory requirements, the Project has undertaken extensive cultural, biological and botanical surveys that will be used by FERC and other federal agencies as part of their review of the applications and permits. These include surveys for threatened and endangered species and their habitat, as well as botanical, mollusk, amphibian, reptile and fungi surveys along the entire Pipeline route and at the LNG Terminal site. These surveys provide the basis for Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector to design the Project, in consultation with federal and state agencies, to avoid and/or minimize impacts to these resources. Where adverse effects cannot be avoided or minimized, mitigation plans will be developed to address potential impacts to the species and their habitats. As part of our wetland mitigation, our Kentuck Project will create more than 100 acres of salt water marsh that will provide, among many other benefits, critical Coho salmon habitat.
Potential impacts from pipeline construction on select rivers and waterbodies including the Haynes inlet, the Coos, Rogue, Klamath and South Umpqua Rivers, and the Kentuck Slough will be avoided by using technologically advanced trenchless construction methods such as boring, direct pipe or horizontal directional drilling that go under, and not through, the waterbodies. For waterbody crossings other than major rivers, we will install the crossing in a combination of methods depending on the specific environmental context, such as open cuts when seasonal streams are dry.
Impacts from dredging of the marine berth and slip at the LNG Terminal will be avoided by timing in-water work during a period that would have the least impact on fish, wildlife and habitat resources, and by excavating the materials ‘in the dry’ to maintain a barrier between construction activities and the Bay.
Air emissions resulting from construction of the LNG Terminal and pipeline will be limited to equipment and machinery, along with localized dust emissions from operating equipment. Modeling of air emissions from combustion of natural gas at the LNG Terminal and natural gas pipeline compressor station demonstrates that air quality will remain within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The Project has acquired an Air Permit that requires extensive monitoring of air emissions to ensure that they are within permitted limits.
Low emissions technologies will minimize emissions, including the use of waste heat recovery and low NOx technology for the gas turbines.
Noise levels from the construction of the LNG Terminal and natural gas pipeline will not be above federal standards. These standards align closely with typical construction projects and ensure sound levels quieter than an air conditioning compressor at 15 feet away.
The water needs of the terminal have been minimized using air-cooling rather than water-cooling, reducing water needs by approximately 1 million gallons per day.
Jordan Cove’s Kentuck Project will create more than 100 acres of salt water marsh that will provide the Coho Salmon with a critical rearing and feeding habitat. When completed, the Kentuck Project will support the de-listing from the endangered species list of a distinct population of Coho Salmon.