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Comments sought on proposed LNG pipeline

Oregon LNG project would transit Columbia County

Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Vernonia City Hall on a rainy November day. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has said it will provide public notice for an informational meeting in Vernonia on the Oregon LNG project proposal, to be held in January 2015.The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has initiated a public comment period on a project that would construct a pipeline to transport liquefied natural gas through Columbia County.

Oregon LNG, a subsidiary of New York-based Leucadia National Corp., is seeking to build an liquefied natural gas export terminal in Warrenton, with a pipeline extending through parts of Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties and into the state of Washington.

The company is seeking a 401 water quality certification from the DEQ, which is needed for the project to move forward as planned.

The comment period began Tuesday, Nov. 18, and will last for at least 60 days, until 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2015.

The DEQ will also post public notice for informational meetings on the project in Vernonia and Astoria in January.

Application materials are available for review at the DEQ's regional office at 2020 S.W. 4th Ave., Portland. Public comments can be submitted to the attention of Sarah Christensen, the DEQ's 401 water quality certification coordinator, at that mailing address, ZIP code 97201. They can also be sent by email to 401publiccomments@deq.state.or.us.

The DEQ noted that the scope of the application potentially affects waterways and wetlands in Columbia County and elsewhere.

More information on the application and the DEQ permitting process is available at the department's website.

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