NORTH BEND – Thirty-two residents and affected citizens filed a joint appeal on Monday, October 19, 2015 of the North Bend Planning Commission’s approval of the Jordan Cove LNG Worker Camp Conditional Use Permit (CUP-4-15). The Jordan Cove Worker Camp for the proposed LNG Export facility has been mired in controversy for several years now. It is opposed by both opponents and supporters of the Jordan Cove LNG facility due to its proposed location adjacent to the historic Simpson Heights neighborhood.
Simpson Heights in North Bend would be significantly impacted by the 2,100 person Worker Camp. In order to access highway 101 or to reach the camp, 2,100 workers would use Simpson Height’s Ferry Road, the only road to the development. Residents formed a Neighborhood Coalition in 2014 to challenge a decision made last year that denied them the right to a hearing on the matter before the North Bend City Council. Citizens Jan Dilley and Jody McCaffree argued the case before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals who ruled in favor of the residents in January of 2015. Jordan Cove Energy Project then filed a new application with the City of North Bend in May 2015.
The first hearing on North Bend CUP-4-15 for Jordan Cove’s man camp took place on July 20, 2015 with subsequent comment periods extending into September. Despite 1,000 pages of substantive comments submitted by citizens, the Planning Commission’s Final Order did not incorporate or consider most of the comments and issues raised by citizens.
Jordan Cove’s transportation analysis had based traffic impacts on a worst case scenario that assumed only 84 vehicles would leave from the Worker Camp once buses dropped off the 2,100 workers after their work day. In an August 10, 2015 memo Jordan Cove’s consultant claimed that only
“[A]pproximately 10% of the workforce would likely leave the workforce housing site on a typical evening to visit adjacent towns… …and there will likely be between two and four people per vehicle (JCEP assumed 2,5 people per vehicle on average). 210 (workers leaving) / 2.5 (people per vehicle) = 84 (vehicles leaving the housing site).“
The Worker Camp site is located at the northern end of North Bend, one mile from the downtown area. It is also only a few miles from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Oregon’s Adventure Coast. It seems rather unreasonable for Jordan Cove to assume that 90% of the workers would stay at the camp during their off time.
Despite an August 3, 2015 and August 10, 2015 independent engineering review of Jordan Cove’s traffic impact study, which concluded that Jordan Cove’s study had underestimated the impacts and should be redone, the Planning Commission ignored those concerns in their final decision.
“It is not right for Jordan Cove to get away with underestimating traffic impacts from their proposed project, particularly when those impacts would have such negative effects on everyone living in the Coos Bay area,” stated appellant Jody McCaffree. “The two lane McCullough Bridge coming into the area is a problem already without the addition of 2,100 workers which amounts to a twenty percent increase in the population of North Bend basically overnight.”
The Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) had also raised concerns with the Jordan Cove Worker Camp in a letter submitted on July 2, 2015. A portion of the proposed camp is not a compatible use in the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport’s Transitional Surface zone according to the ODA. Citizens had referenced local and state codes and laws that clearly showed airport compatibility was required but Jordan Cove told the City in a July 9, 2015 letter that they did not have to comply with the ODA. The Planning Commissioners chose not to adopt the ODA’s recommended conditions of approval.
Of the eight North Bend Planning Commissioners, only four voted in favor of the permit, one against and three abstained.
“It is clear that the applicant has not proved through a preponderance of evidence that they have satisfied each and every element of the criteria of North Bend City Code that apply, particularly on pivotal points of parking and traffic. They’ve entirely ignored how vulnerable this spit of dredge-filled land is to earthquake and tsunami,” stated Michael Dean, North Bend resident and appellant. Dean went on to say, “I believe that the Planning Commission, and the City itself through its Planning Director and later through its City Administrator, failed to protect the public’s interests by performing due diligence in their analysis and in what was presented to the Commission of this complex proposal. It is also rife with conflicts of interest.”
Appellant Wim de Vriend, despite his opinion that present LNG market conditions will keep Jordan Cove from being built, chided the North Bend planners for their cavalier disregard of the hearing process, of the opponents’ serious concerns, and of the city’s own ordinances governing traffic hazards and road management. He also called them irresponsible for ignoring the low-lying camp’s exposure to liquefaction during an earthquake and the camp’s subsequent destruction by the expected tsunami.
The appeal now sends the permit decision onto the North Bend City Council where a second hearing will be scheduled on the matter before the City Council. To learn more about this fight visit:
IN THE NEWS
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KCBY Video Clip
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By News Staff Published: Oct 22, 2015
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Link to the 10/19/2015 filing that was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners regarding the Pacific Connector Pipeline under CP13-492 here:
Governor Kate Brown look-a-like gives FERC “Notice of Condemnation”
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By Chelsea Davis
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COOS BAY — During a presentation to area leaders Tuesday, Jordan Cove’s Bob Braddock kept mentioning “risk.” …
Jordan Cove final investment decision expected late 2016
By Chelsea Davis
Oct 22, 2015
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NOTE: It is rather pathetic just how low Jordan Cove has been willing to go in their money laundering scheme to get out of paying their fair share of tax. Wake up Coos Bay!
Jordan Cove brings Community Enhancement Plan concerns to table
By Chelsea Davis
Oct 21, 2015
COOS BAY — Jordan Cove is done reviewing the Community Enhancement Plan, and it wants to see changes — mainly to ensure it doesn’t pay more in the plan than it would in property taxes…
LNG will be a time bomb
By Christina Riggs – Coos Bay
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Your View: Time to bet on a different horse?
By Wim deVriend – Coos Bay
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The World – Letter to the editor
Seize the Day event uplifting
By Janice Willaims – North Bend
October 14, 2015
Created and organized by an impressive group of young adults, the Seize the Day-Save the Bay event turned-out to be fantastic! These 20-somethings have accepted the responsibility for treating the earth and its inhabitants with the respect they deserve…
Hike the Pipe “Seize the Day-Save the Bay” Rally Presentations
Sept 26, 2015
* Click photo below to link to Rally speeches:
The Register-Guard OP-Ed
Gas pipeline gives Oregon one winner, many losers
By Deb Evans
Oct. 15, 2015
Tsunami and LNG will be devastating
By Dick Anderson – North Bend
October 15, 2015
LNG doesn’t solve emission woes
By Carol Anderson – North Bend
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Jobs and salaries a fallacy
By Fred Kirby – Coos Bay
October 13, 2015
Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI),
West Coast LNG Export Projects Doubtful in Current Environment, Analysts Say
By Richard Nemec
October 9, 2015
The consensus at the LDC Gas Forum Rockies & the West conference is that the five terminals now under construction or about to start on the Gulf and East Coasts are the only ones likely to be operating by 2020. Combined, they represent incremental demand growth of 10.5 Bcf/d in the world market, which is somewhat saturated already.
That scenario leaves out the two proposed export projects in Oregon — Jordan Cove and Oregon LNG — which are in the midst of the permitting process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission….
…RBN thinks 33% of the global market for U.S. LNG is a reasonable assumption, Braziel said, but that leaves no room for the West Coast facilities. “Thirty percent would be about 12 Bcf, and there is already 13.2 Bcf/d of capacity being built, so that’s how we get to our [one-third] estimate and there is nothing beyond the five terminals [Sabine Pass, Freeport, Cameron, Corpus Christi and Cove Point, MD].” …
(Read entire article at link above)
Protect Oregon; say no to liquefied natural gas exports
By Laurie Dougherty – Salem
October 8, 2015
On 10/8/2015 Veresen submitted the following filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C. The filing was of a DOE/FE Amendment to Jordan Cove’s Application for Long-Term Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations. It reveals that Veresen now owns 100% of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export project.
Earthquake and Tsunami Risks Ignored at Proposed LNG Facility on Oregon Coast
By Tim Palmer
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New Yorker – Annals of Seismology – July 20, 2015 Issue
The Really Big One
An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
By Kathryn Schulz
…By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”…