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Court upholds Clatsop LNG pipeline decision

PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld the process by which Clatsop County commissioners rejected a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline.

The Oregon Pipeline Company initially filed a land-use application for construction of a pipeline and terminal in Warrenton in 2009.

The county commission initially approved zoning for the pipeline, but a newly elected slate of commissioners reversed the decision in 2011.

Pipeline supporters challenged the decision, arguing three county commissioners were biased. The Appeals Court concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove commissioners couldn't make a decision based on merit.

The terminal was originally envisioned as a means to import liquefied gas, but technological advances touched off a boom in domestic exploration and production. After that, the LNG proposal began to focus on exporting domestic supplies to Asia.