GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - A delegation of civic and business leaders from Mesa County went to Washington D.C. to show their support for the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline project in Coos Bay, Oregon.
The Jordan Cove LNG Project would allow Western Colorado to help supply foreign countries with natural gas. "The Piceance Basin is the second largest natural gas reserve in the United States... so we have a product to offer our Asian counterparts, our allies, who are in desperate need of energy," said David Ludlam, the executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association.
Officials say they encourage the project because of the economic contribution and jobs it could bring to the community. "We're still struggling, we're not coming out of the recession quite as quickly, so this particular project is one that will also create jobs in those rural economies," said Kristi Pollard, the executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.
In addition to this project, authorities say that diversifying the economy will also help Mesa County. "A huge influx of just different opportunities coming our way, which has been fantastic. And so putting them all together has really renewed confidence in our county," said Rose Pugliese, a Mesa County Commissioner.
The project still must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with several other federal agencies.