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Pacific Connector and Jordan Cover request FERC rehearing

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After an application to construct a 232 mile pipeline and export facility was denied in early 2016, Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP) and Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP) have requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hold a rehearing.

In March 2016, the FERC denied the application to construct the pipeline and export facility, stating PCGP and JCEP both failed to provide evidence of the project’s benefits outweighing the detriments. According to FERC, the companies had also not provided proof of obtaining mandatory right-of-ways from property owners.

Jordan Cove spokesman, Michael Hinrichs, disagreed and stated: “We take our relationship with landowners very seriously and we make every attempt to accommodate and address any concern they may have. The pipeline would cross 254 private properties, and to date the companies have rights-of-way with 86 landowners.”

After the denial, the companies consequently asked for a rehearing in April 206 and, as a result, the FERC issued a ‘tolling order’. This means the commission will consider a rehearing, but is under no obligation to have one.

On 2 November, PCGP and JCEP stated that customers could potentially cease to be part of the process if FERC does not act before January 2017.

A joint statement from the companies said: “Rehearing has now been pending for over six months. During this time JCEP and PCGP have made substantial progress advancing the project. However, the delay in the Commission’s substantive ruling has begun to make further progress very difficult.”

At present, the pipeline is set to transport natural gas from Malin to Coos Bay, before terminating at an export and processing facility. However, the companies must attain permits in order for the line to run through Douglas County wetlands. After numerous extensions, the department must to come to a decision by 10 November.

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