People get more time to comment on proposed natural gas line

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended by nearly two months its public comment period regarding a proposed natural gas pipeline between Coos Bay and Malin near the California state line.

The FERC had set a Sept. 4 deadline for receiving public input as it prepares an environmental impact statement for the pipeline project, but U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, had asked that the comment period be extended to at least Oct. 4, citing the increased complexity of the proposal.

The new deadline for commenting is Oct. 29. The commission has also decided to add two additional public scoping meetings. The time and place for those meetings have not yet been determined.

Four meetings focusing on the scoping process have already been scheduled for this week in southwest Oregon. Those sessions include a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Medford School District Education Center Auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Other meetings included one in Coos Bay on Monday, one in Roseburg today and another in Klamath Falls Wednesday.

Proponents of the Pacific Connector Pipeline earlier this year announced they wanted to export the natural gas rather than import it as previously requested. They had received FERC approval for importing the natural gas, but must seek new authorization for export, officials said.

The roughly 230-mile pipeline would cross through northern Jackson County, including the upper Rogue River drainage.

In Coos Bay, it would be connected to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal to be built at Jordan Cove.

The Pacific Connector pipeline would go through some 30 miles of national forestland, 40 miles of Bureau of Land Management land, 100 miles of private property and additional state and county lands.

The pipeline is being proposed by subsidiaries of Williams Pacific Connector Gas Operator, a Salt Lake City firm, while the LNG terminal would be developed by subsidiaries of Veresen U.S. Power Inc. based in Calgary, Alberta.

An article in Sunday's Mail Tribune incorrectly included Pacific Power and Electric as a developer of the pipeline. However, that firm is no longer involved in the project.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted at the meetings or can be sent via e-mail or regular mail to the FERC.

To send them electronically, click onto the commission's web site at, then go into the documents and filings link.

Comments by regular mail should be sent to

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street NE, Room 1A

Washington, DC 20426

— Paul Fattig

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