GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - The Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Coos Bay, Oregon, would allow Western Colorado natural gas producers to supply their gas to Asian markets. The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking them to consider several aspects of the project.
One of these issues are the socioeconomic benefits of the Jordan Cove LNG project. Those with West Slope COGA said the project will propel Western Slope natural gas into the international market. West Slope COGA also said it will be beneficial for countries that currently rely on coal or oil. "For them, natural gas is a way to clean up the air, to create electricity in a cost-effective way, and to get the natural gas from a place that's very stable from a geopolitical perspective," said David Ludlam, the executive director of the West Slope Oil and Gas Association.
Another issue is when the forthcoming Jordan Cove Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed, the FERC will have completed this document three times. West Slope COGA said the agency should not redo the document and should use information from the recently approved 2015 Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector EIS.
Those in opposition to the project said that it could cause an increase in the amount of natural gas drilling on public lands, and potentially create more pollution at the local level.