MEDFORD, Ore. — An energy company’s about-face on its plans for a proposed pipeline and terminal in Southern Oregon isn’t sitting well with some land-owners in the pipeline’s path.
Jordan Cove Energy Project announced Thursday it wants to use a proposed pipeline and terminal on the Oregon coast to export liquefied natural gas. In the past, the company has said it plans to import natural gas.
The proposed export pipeline would cut across federal land, including old-growth forest. It would also cross 150 miles of private land, including Bob Barker’s waterfront home on the Rogue River. Barker says most landowners figured the pipeline would be used for exports months ago. But he’s still angry about it.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to try to make sure this project doesn’t happen,” Barker says. “I mean, if we needed the gas, that would be one thing. But all we’re doing now is benefiting private, out-of-state investors.”
The only existing natural gas export terminal on the West Coast shut down this summer. It was in Alaska.
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