Friday, May 7, 2010

Planned Natural Gas Terminal on Columbia Suspended

Backers of a new Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the Lower Columbia River near Astoria have put the plan on hold after strong opposition to the project surfaced from environmental groups and federal agencies charged with regulating water quality impacts. The announcement comes as a major victory for local landowners and environmentalists who had adamantly opposed the terminal citing concern that the developer NorthernStar Natural Gas had failed to fully account for their environmental impacts in seeking to obtain permits for the project. The Lower Columbia and Estuary is critical habitat for multiple species of ESA listed salmon. More information in the Oregonian

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