Coast Guard, Energy Commision host public meeting on LNG proposal

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will co-host a public meeting for comments on the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project September 18 at 7p.m., at the Warrenton High School Gymnasium located at 1700 SE Main St. Warrenton, Ore.

Coast Guard Sector Portland will assess safety and security issues associated with LNG tankers traveling on the Columbia River, in order to make a recommendation to the FERC, regarding Oregon LNG’s proposal to build an LNG terminal in Warrenton, on the East Skipanon Peninsula.

“We plan to work very closely with local officials, our Ports and Waterways Safety Committee and the Area Maritime Security Committee in evaluating this proposal,” said Coast Guard Capt. Patrick G. Gerrity, Captain of the Port, Portland. “We will also be looking for comments from the general public to ensure we have considered the full range of issues associated with moving LNG tankers on the Columbia River.”

FERC is responsible for authorizing the siting, construction, and operation of onshore LNG facilities. Once FERC receives an application for an LNG facility, it is required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), evaluating issues ranging from air quality and biological impacts, to cultural and socioeconomic impacts, as well as safety and security impacts. The Coast Guard will serve as a cooperating agency for FERC’s EIS.

Oregon LNG will provide the Coast Guard with a safety and security assessment that identifies any navigational safety hazards as well as potential security threats. In addition its assessment will also discuss recommended mitigation measures and the resources (federal, state, local and private sector) that will be needed to provide an acceptable level of safety and security for the proposed LNG operations. This assessment will be submitted to the Coast Guard so that it can be reviewed and validated by key stakeholders at the port, such as the Area Maritime Security Committee. Based on this assessment, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port will evaluate the suitability of the waterway for LNG marine traffic and provide his or her findings to FERC for inclusion in its EIS.

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