Mesa County Commissioners also voiced support for two major energy projects involving liquid natural gas that have connections to the county.
The Jordan Cove Project’s gas storage facility would be based in Oregon where natural gas from Western Colorado would be transported through the currently existing Ruby Pipeline to the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, and then be sold to Asian markets.
Commissioners believe the project would help stabilize the Western Slope’s economy for the next 20 years.
While commissioners gave the project support, it’s currently still going through multiple reviews.
“They’re currently going through a 41 Water Quality Certification Review with the Department of Oregon Environmental Quality”, says Amber Swasey the Senior Managing Analyst for Mesa County.
Both projects are still in early phases and are also waiting for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
There are many environmental groups opposed to the project.