NOAA drops appeal of LNG port

GRANTS PASS — The Obama administration won't appeal federal approval of a liquefied natural gas port on the lower Columbia River.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion Tuesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying NOAA Fisheries was dismissing its petition for review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of the Bradwood Landing project.

NOAA Fisheries is still considering whether the project may threaten the survival of salmon in the river, in a study known as a biological opinion.

The states of Oregon and Washington, Columbia Riverkeepers and the Nez Perce Tribe are still appealing the approval, arguing FERC made its decision before environmental reviews and state permits were in.

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