For the second time this year FERC has delayed completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and companion Pacific Connector Pipeline project in Oregon.
The U.S. Forest Service “only recently received critical information from the project proponent that is necessary for it to complete its land and resource management plan amendments; therefore, additional time is required in order to incorporate this new information into the final EIS,” according to a notice issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and published in the Federal Register.
A notice of availability of the final EIS for the project is now due Nov. 15, with a final order expected by Feb. 13, FERC said [CP17-494, CP17-495].
In March, FERC said a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government forced it to delay by more than 40 days completion of the Jordan Cove LNG EIS. That delay had pushed the anticipated date for the final order to Jan. 9. The original timeline for the EIS, issued in August 2018, had set the date at Nov. 29.