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Feds push LNG timeline

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Federal energy regulators are asking the National Marine Fisheries Service to speed up its analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed Bradwood Landing LNG terminal.

The opinion from the fisheries agency is crucial to the terminal's development, a project that opponents believe will put endangered species at risk.

Bradwood's backer, Houston-based NorthernStar Natural Gas, wants to build a terminal and storage facility at a former mill site 25 miles east of Astoria. The plant would offload super-cooled liquefied natural gas from tankers, reheat it to a gas and ship it to market or storage facilities around the West through a pipeline.

Opponents of the terminal say it would be plunked into the most important salmon nurseries on the lower Columbia, with devastating impacts from dredging, ballast water intake and the turbidity from operation of the terminal. Project backers believe those concerns overblown, and say they've proposed adequate mitigation measures to make any impact negligible.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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