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Public comment being taken on LNG pipeline project

Two government agencies have opened themselves up to public comment on their respective work related to the Jordan Cove LNG Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.

First, the Department of State Lands will take public comment from Dec. 10 to Jan. 8 on two applications from the energy companies. One application is to build a berth from the navigational channel of Coos Bay, and another wants approval to trench through state-owned creeks and streams in order to lay the pipeline down before backfilling it.

The DSL said it reopened the public comment period due to an influx of people and organizations asking for more time to review and comment. There will also be a chance to comment in person at 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at the North Bend Public Library.

And, until Jan. 4, the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take comments on its plan to take funds from the energy company in order to conduct an impact study. The study would examine the impacts of a potential access channel that would need to be built in Coos Bay to accommodate the Jordan Cove LNG terminal.

The agency is required by law to notify the public because it will conduct the study using money from the energy company. The amount of funding is not yet known.

Michelle Helms, a spokesperson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that agency hopes the public reaches out so the agency can better understand the complex project.

“Tell us why you feel the way you do about what we’re proposing to do,” Helms said. “Just saying ‘don’t do this, I think that’s wrong’ tells us how you feel — (but) tell us why.”

Information: 541-261-0336 for Department of State Lands and 503-808-4517 for the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or troy@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB