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Jordan Cove pipeline officials responded Saturday to the six-month extended deadline for a decision on the land disturbance permit under consideration by the Oregon Department of State Lands.

According to the DSL, it has received some 49,000 to 57,000 comments on the pipeline that will run from Malin to Coos Bay for a liquid natural gas plant. The gas will then be shipped overseas.

The deadline for a DSL decision is Sept. 20 for the company’s application for a removal-fill permit to build the pipeline.

The company responded to an H&N story that ran Tuesday in an email. It said, “Pembina and the Jordan Cove Project have been notified of, and accept, the ODSL’s request to extend the permitting deadline regarding Jordan Cove’s in-water fill-removal permit.

“In our experience, extensions like this are not unusual for projects of this size and complexity. Knowing that, we didn’t hesitate to agree when the Department of State Lands made their request.

“ODSL has an enormous responsibility to review all comments and determine which opinions count with regard to the core issues of the permit. This process itself is extremely important, Jordan Cove Project feels very confident that the key questions can and will be answered in the affirmative, and looks forward to receiving our DSL permit in September.

“As owner of the Jordan Cove Project since 2018, we continue to work collaboratively and transparently with all appropriate cooperating state and federal agencies, as we navigate a comprehensive and complex permitting process for this project that’s so important to Oregon,” the company said.

“We appreciate and respect ODSL’s efforts to dutifully review Jordan Cove’s application, to consider public comments most relevant to permitting regulations, and to ultimately make a decision based on the merits of our application.”

Gerry OBrien, Editor