The Regulatory Process

The Regulatory Process

A rigorous regulatory process is applied to the review and approval of LNG facilities and interstate natural gas pipelines. Once approved, both remain subject to stringent federal and state regulations and permit conditions.

The numerous federal, state and local regulations with which Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector must comply are designed to mitigate potential impacts to fish, wildlife and the environment, along with assuring the safe operation of the LNG Terminal and Pipeline. Most of the permits issued for both the LNG Terminal and the Pipeline provide for public review and comment prior to issuance, thereby providing the public with a platform to voice concerns at each step of the process.

Below is a partial list of some of the federal and state agencies that will issue permits or review the Project.

Jordan Cove values the communities in Southern Oregon and strives to be a good neighbor contributing to ensure the vitality of Southern Oregon and its way of life.

Federal, state and local agencies with permitting or review obligations:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead federal agency charged with the review of Jordan Cove’s and Pacific Connector’s applications under the Natural Gas Act (NGA). 

To comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FERC will prepare an environmental impact statement that will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Project. This document will be used by FERC and other federal agencies as part of their review of the Project.

Applicant Process FERC Process

1: Applicant submits request to FERC to conduct review of the project within the FERC's Pre-Filing Process. January 23, 2017

1: FERC formally approves Pre-Filing Process, issues PF Docket number to Applicant, and begins project review. February 10, 2017, assigned Docket No. PF17-4

2: Applicant holds open houses to provide project information.

  • 3/21/2017 - Coos County
  • 3/22/2017 - Douglas County
  • 3/23/2017 - Jackson County
  • 3/24/2017 - Klamath County

2: FERC participates in Applicant’s open houses.

3: FERC issues Notice of Intent for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA). Opens scoping period to seek public comments on the project.

4: FERC holds scoping meetings and site visits in the project area. Consults with interested agencies.

FERC Scoping Dates:

  • June 27, 2017 in Coos Bay
  • June 28, 2017 in Roseburg
  • June 29, 2017 in Klamath Falls

3: Applicant files formal application with FERC. September 21, 2017

Project information can be found by entering PCGP’s Pipeline docket number: CP17-494 and JCEP’s LNG Terminal docket number: CP17-495, into the FERC’s e-library located online at: https://elibrary.ferc.gov

5: FERC receives formal application from Applicant and assigns new docket numbers.

  • September 22, 2017.
 

6: FERC issues Preliminary Draft EIS to cooperating agencies for review.

7: FERC issues Draft EIS and opens public comment period.

8: FERC holds meeting(s) in the project area to hear public comments on the Draft EIS.

9: FERC responds to comments and revises the Draft EIS.

10: FERC issues Final EIS.

11: FERC approves or denies the project. 

4: If the project is approved, Applicant may construct and operate the project, only after obtaining applicable permits, including Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Clean Air Act permits.

 

NEPA Process

Upon receipt of an application, FERC initiates review of the potential environmental impacts of a proposed project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA process is highly transparent with significant opportunity for public comment and results in both a draft Environmental Impact Statement and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to FERC issuing a final decision on the application. The DEIS analyzes the potential impacts of the project using information provided by the applicant in the environmental reports. This information includes a detailed description of the proposed project, a statement of need for the project, detailed maps, permitting tables and schedules, along with environmental information. Upon issuance of the final EIS, FERC renders a decision on the applications.


Permitting Process

Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector must also obtain permits or authorizations from other federal and state agencies. The following table lists the major permits that must be obtained and the current status of those permits.

2.1.1 JCEP Resource Report 1 Permit Table

Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector filed applications with FERC on September 21, 2017. Paper and electronic copies of the application can be found in the following public libraries:

County Location
Coos Coos County Public Library
525 Anderson Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
(541) 269-1101
Douglas Sutherlin Library/City Hall
210 E Central Street, Sutherlin, OR 97479
(541) 459-9161
Douglas Winston Library                    
440 SE Grape Ave, Winston, OR 97496
(541) 679-5501
Jackson Jackson County Library Services Central Library
205 S Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
(541) 774-8689
Klamath Klamath County Library
126 South Third Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 882-8891

Information submitted to FERC for the Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP) can be accessed on FERC’s website through its e-library under the docket number: CP17-495 or you can view JCEP resource reports below.

Documents submitted during the pre-filing process to FERC for JCEP can be found here.



These documents will be updated as the Project moves through the filing process (where appropriate).

FERC will prepare an EIS using information included in the Certificate Application, supplemental information that may be provided by the company upon request, information assembled by FERC staff, as well as information provided by state and federal agencies and the public. The evaluation will describe the proposed Project and alternatives, identify existing environmental conditions and potential impacts from the Project and make recommendations and requirements to mitigate impacts.