Coast Guard: Coos Bay 'suitable' for LNG marine traffic

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The Coast Guard completed a review of the waterway suitability assessment submitted by KSEAS Consulting on behalf of Jordan Cove LNG for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Thursday.

Based upon this review, the captain of the port Sector Columbia River recommended to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the waterway in its current state be considered suitable for LNG marine traffic associated with this project. 

The specific measures and the resources needed are documented in a letter of recommendation submitted to FERC.

The Coast Guard received official notification Jan. 9, 2017, of (Pembina Pipeline Corp.'s) proposal to build an LNG terminal in Coos Bay. During the course of that time, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel worked with the applicant, state and local emergency response providers, as well as port and community stakeholders to assess the safety and security issues associated with LNG tankers traveling into Coos Bay. 

“We continue working with local officials and the port community to ensure that every measure is taken to ensure the excellent safety record of the marine transport of LNG is continued if an LNG terminal is built in Coos Bay,” said Capt. William Timmons, Coast Guard captain of the port, Sector Columbia River.  “At this point, the waterway can accommodate the types of vessels associated with the proposed Jordan Cove LNG facility. We are working together to make sure that any resource issues are resolved through the emergency response planning process.”

The Coast Guard will continue working with FERC on the development of an environmental impact statement that addresses the effects of the proposed safety and security measures along the waterway. 

FERC is responsible for authorizing the siting, construction, and operation of onshore LNG facilities. Once FERC completes its review of an application for an LNG facility it is required to complete an environmental impact statement (EIS). In the EIS, FERC evaluates issues ranging from biological to socioeconomic and security impacts. The Coast Guard will serve as a cooperating agency for FERC’s environmental impact statement. 

If the facility is permitted by FERC, Jordan Cove LNG will be required to submit an emergency response plan and transit management plans that identify the resources necessary to support the waterways suitability analysis and facility operation. The applicant will also have to document its cost-sharing arrangements with the affected communities for project related expenses.

By Professional Mariner Staff