Act limits LNG presence

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In an effort to limit the construction of LNG facilities, Rep. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) has introduced a new act that requires companies to prove a need for importing LNG.

Oregonians have been divided for years on whether LNG facilities are needed in the state. The new Bradwood Landing LNG facility being planned near Astoria is among the most recent controversial developments.

This isn’t the first time Riley has introduced legislation to limit construction of LNG facilities. Last year, Riley introduced the LNG Public Protection Act, which would have required that a need for foreign LNG must be proven, that any imported LNG would be less expensive than available domestic natural gas, and that the project would comply with Oregon environmental regulations, as well as preserve uses of Oregon’s existing natural resources.
The act died in the 2009 legislative session, but with Riley’s new, pared down Domestic Resource Protection Act, he hopes to keep LNG facilities and pipelines out of the state unless the director of the state Department of Energy issues a written finding that shows a significant need exists for more natural gas in Oregon. The new act would also require LNG companies to pay the state for all costs associated with the review of a permit or an authorization to site an LNG facility or associated pipeline.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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