04.18.16

Gardner and Colleagues Urge FERC to Approve Jordan Cove Project

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he joined Senator Barrasso (R-WY) and his Rocky Mountain delegation colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay and Commissioners Cheryl LaFleur, Tony Clark, and Colette Honorable regarding FERC’s decision to deny the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline project application to build a LNG pipeline and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. In the letter, Gardner and his colleagues urge FERC to grant Jordan Cove’s rehearing request and approve the project.

The letter reads in part:

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Jordan Cove’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Pacific Connector Pipeline, citing “little or no evidence of need for the…Pipeline.” FERC went on to find that “without a pipeline…, the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal can provide no benefit to the public.” FERC’s action was “without prejudice” and thus allows Jordan Cove to ask FERC to reconsider its decision and show a market need for the Project. Since FERC’s denial, Jordan Cove has signed commercial agreements for over 75 percent of the pipeline’s gas and 50 percent of the export terminal’s LNG. We believe these agreements demonstrate the need for and public benefits of the Jordan Cove Project and ask that you grant Jordan Cove’s rehearing request. 

Natural gas production serves as a foundation to the economies of Rocky Mountain states, including Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and Indian tribes, including the Ute Indian Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. However, market conditions have recently led to a severe drop in employment in the oil and gas sector. In Wyoming, the oil and gas sector lost 4,800 extraction and support jobs from December 2014 to February 2016. According to the latest data, Colorado and Utah have seen similar job losses. From January 2015 to September 2015, the oil and gas sector in Colorado lost over 900 extraction jobs and, from September 2014 to September 2015, the oil and gas sector in Utah lost over 300 extraction jobs. Jordan Cove offers our communities a rare opportunity to access overseas markets, boost production, and stem ongoing job losses.

The full text of the letter can be found here

Senator Gardner has been a long-time advocate of the Jordan Cove LNG export facility, sending letters of support in 2013 and 2015.

The project is supported by Governor Hickenlooper, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, Rio Blanco County, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association among others.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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