Rio Blanco County Voices Support for the Project

On June 24, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners of Rio Blanco County, Colo., issued a statement supporting the Jordan Cove Energy Project, which Pacific Connector will serve through natural gas delivery upon federal approval. The statement highlighted the economic importance of the project not only for Oregon, but for the western region and beyond.

Regulatory Update:

Pacific Connector, Jordan Cove LNG Receive FEIS from FERC
On Sept. 30, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (Pacific Connector) and the Jordan Cove LNG. Both partners formally filed applications to the FERC in 2013 for approval to construct a 232-mile pipeline that would transport natural gas from Malin, Oregon, to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at Coos Bay, Oregon.

The FEIS is the final step in evaluating the need and potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating the proposed projects and represents a significant regulatory milestone.

In commenting on the FEIS, Walt Bennett, Williams senior vice president, West Operating Area, noted that “we appreciate the participation of all agencies and interested parties in reviewing both projects. We have worked closely with these agencies to protect and preserve Oregon’s natural resources, and we believe these projects will provide economic benefits to southwest Oregon.”

Based upon the date of issuance of the FEIS, Williams anticipates the FERC will issue the order and certificate for Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove LNG by the end of 2015.

Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove LNG will be among the largest infrastructure projects in Oregon history and will foster regional prosperity through job creation, community investment and other local benefits.

On February 6, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project would be available June 12, 2015 and the federal authorizations decision deadline is September 10, 2015.

Right of Way and Easement Agreement:

Please click here to view a standard Right of Way and Easement Agreement for landowners.

Project Toolkit

A binder with basic information on key aspects of the Pacific Connector project is being distributed to landowners and others across the project area. An online version of the toolkit may be accessed here.

Community Grant Program

Williams/Pacific Connector is committed to being a good community neighbor and environmental steward.To demonstrate this, Williams is establishing a fund to benefit local communities within the areas affected by the proposed Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline project.To learn more and view grant guidelines, click here


Project Timeline


Commence easement acquisition


Final Environmental Impact Statement available June 12, 2015

Federal authorizations decision deadline is September 10, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions


The proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline project (PCGP) will provide a link with existing pipeline systems that converge at Malin, Ore., and the west coast of Coos Bay, Ore. The PCGP project is being proposed to connect this natural gas supply hub, where energy is competitively traded on a daily basis, to a proposed LNG terminal. As it traverses southern Oregon, the PCGP route crosses or is located in the vicinity of existing natural gas infrastructure in several places. The PCGP has the potential to give regional natural gas customers in Pacific Northwest market areas better access to domestic Rocky Mountain and Canadian supply basins.

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline route
With the announcement of Jordan Cove’s proposed plans to develop an export terminal, landowners may be wondering how this will affect the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. In reality, not much will change along the proposed route. Gas will be transported 230 miles from interconnects near Malin, Ore., west and north to the Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., where the natural gas will be liquefied for transport via ocean-going tanker to markets on the Pacific Rim. The proposed pipeline route does not need to be changed to accommodate the new east to west flow direction. Read More...

Eminent Domain:

There has been concern expressed among landowners about a pipeline’s right of eminent domain and how it might be used in connection with the Pacific Connector project. Here are a few facts about eminent domain to keep in mind:

Eminent domain is the power to acquire land upon payment of fair compensation to the landowner. The power of eminent domain is given to governments and certain utilities by the state legislature or the Congress of the United States to prevent a single individual from unduly disrupting an activity deemed to be in the best interest of the state or nation’s citizens. However, both the state and federal constitutions contain protections for landowners, requiring due process and payment of market value for any land taken. Pipeline companies have had the power of eminent domain since the Natural Gas Act was enacted in the 1930s.

It is important to point out here that while the right of eminent domain exists, it is not in Pacific Connector’s best interest to use it, and it is a method that is used only sparingly and only in the most necessary circumstances. For example, in a recent project in Washington state with 868 landowners and 1,041 tracts, a condemnation action was filed on 71 landowners (8%) and 93 tracts (9%), which was quickly reduced to 12 tracts (1%) through further negotiation. Eventually, only one case proceeded far enough to schedule a court date but even that one was settled through third-party mediation prior to trial. Sometimes a disinterested third party can be quite helpful in resolving such conflicts.

It is Pacific Connector’s genuine desire to negotiate these land rights with each landowner along the route in a fair and equitable manner and to reach a cooperative settlement that considers the needs of both parties. Should a negotiated settlement not be possible, only then would eminent domain be considered to acquire the necessary land rights.



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