The Clatsop County, Ore., Planning Commission on Wednesday voted to recommend the Board of Commissioners issue land use approvals authorizing Bradwood Landing’s construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal at a former mill site. The Planning Commission’s actions to approve or approve with conditions certain changes requested by Bradwood Landing led to the overall positive recommendation for the project.
“This is another step forward in the local permitting process,” said NorthernStar Natural Gas CEO William “Si” Garrett. “We look forward to presenting our case before the County Commissioners and demonstrating how our project will boost the local and regional economy, enhance the environmental health of the lower Columbia River, and provide a stable supply of natural gas to the Pacific Northwest.”
Beginning in October, the County Commission will begin holding public hearings on the Bradwood Landing project with a final decision expected in mid-November. Although not a binding recommendation, the Planning Commission’s decision to support the project is a significant milestone and follows a similar recommendation made by the federal government. On August 17th the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement for Bradwood Landing with a recommendation for approval with appropriate mitigation.
Bradwood Landing believes that natural gas continues to be the best energy source for the Pacific Northwest. The company will deliver new sources of natural gas to this region creating new jobs and millions of dollars in local investment in surrounding communities. When completed, Bradwood Landing will provide an estimated 65 jobs averaging $60,000 a year and spend more than $30 million annually throughout the region to operate and maintain the facility. The facility will also increase Clatsop County’s property tax base by more than $7 million annually.
NorthernStar Natural Gas is a US owned and operated company that is currently developing liquefied natural gas terminals across the country.