It is important to the partners to be a good neighbor in Oregon and conduct business in a manner that protects the natural environment. We work together with any affected county and city agencies during construction or maintenance projects.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
- National Marine Fisheries Service
- Oregon Dept. Of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- Oregon Division of State Lands
- Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
- Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Oregon Dept. of Forestry
- Coos County Planning Commission
- Douglas County Planning Commission
- Jackson County Planning Commission
- Klamath County Planning Commission
THE JORDAN COVE - PACIFIC CONNECTOR PROJECT WILL PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL SOURCE OF NATURAL GAS TO the pacific northwest and international markets.
The Jordan Cove Energy Project
The Jordan Cove Energy Project is a proposed state-of-the-art LNG terminal that will be located in the International Port of Coos Bay in Coos County, Ore. The facility will be capable of liquefying the natural gas for shipment to destinations in the Pacific Rim using specially-designed marine vessels that store the natural gas in liquid form until it is delivered to its final destination.
Learn more about the project at: http://www.jordancoveenergy.com/index.htm.
The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project
The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project is a proposed 230-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline designed to transport up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day 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 to international markets.
Building and Maintaining Safe Pipelines
Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Safety
The Pacific Connector system will be built and operated with public safety in mind. Millions of people depend on us to deliver natural gas in an environmentally safe, reliable manner 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Interstate pipelines are regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety, which imposes a broad range of construction and operations standards. Pacific Connector has its own high standards for pipeline design, material specifications, construction, maintenance and testing. These standards must be met before a pipeline can be placed in service.
Before construction begins, the Pacific Connector project team surveys environmental features along the proposed pipeline segments. Utility lines and agricultural drainages are located and marked. The pipeline's centerline and the exterior right of way boundaries are also staked.
Working With Landowners
Pacific Connector wants to be a good neighbor and works to develop positive relationships with the landowners living along its natural gas pipelines. Being a good neighbor goes beyond the acquisition phase and recognizes that our construction activities and operations must strive to coexist with existing uses of the land.
Pacific Connector will seek a permanent easement from landowners along the proposed Pacific Connector route and will negotiate for land rights in a fair and equitable manner based on established land valuation practices. An easement is a limited right to use the land for a specific purpose. Pacific Connector will compensate landowners for an easement to construct, operate and maintain an underground pipeline, and, in limited cases, above-ground equipment related to the pipeline such as valves, pipeline markers and corrosion protection equipment.
It is important to note that granting an easement does not transfer the title of the land to Pacific Connector; it merely gives Pacific Connector the right to use the land for the specified purposes stated above. The landowner retains ownership of the land and use of the surface with limited restrictions. Once construction is complete, the landowner may farm, plant, graze or otherwise use the surface with the exception that no permanent building structures can be placed within the limits of the right of way.
Generally, the standard width of the permanent easement across private lands on this project is 50 feet, centered on the pipeline. The amount of compensation paid to landowners is determined by the amount of land affected and the land´s fair market value. Landowners will also be compensated for damages such as grazing, crop or timber losses. Pacific Connector´s land representatives will discuss all property impacts with owners to determine fair compensation.
Affected landowners receive notification before construction begins. They will be provided with a dispute resolution process to ensure their concerns or complaints are addressed. In addition, a toll free Pacific Connector information line has been established at 866-227-9249 to address questions or concerns that landowners or members of the community may have.
In addition to the permanent easement rights, temporary workspace is often necessary during construction. Pacific Connector will compensate landowners for any disturbed land by applying similar principles used to determine easement values. Temporary workspace is released back to the landowner after construction.
Pacific Connector is committed to returning any land disturbed during the construction process, as nearly as possible, to its original condition. To aid in this endeavor, the landowner will be asked to execute a Construction Stipulation Agreement as part of the easement negotiations and will be provided an opportunity to review the work with the land representative before final restoration is deemed complete.
Pipeline Facilities Information
Each year information regarding pipeline facilities will be sent to landowners, residents and businesses located on or near our system. This mailing provides valuable information about working and living around our pipeline.
We value good relationships and hope to establish positive interactions with the communities and landowners along the pipeline right of way. We are aware that pipeline construction and maintenance can be disruptive. Our land representatives meet with local residents to make sure they are informed in advance of any work taking place in their area.
Our goal is to maintain strong relationships with all of our Oregon neighbors.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is the agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas and electricity. It also licenses, inspects and oversees environmental matters for hydroelectric projects and major electricity policy initiatives.
Pacific Connector will file an application for a certificate with the FERC in November 2012. The FERC will review the respective applications and issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, if appropriate.
FERC implements laws passed by Congress, which give the Commission its legal authority to do business under Title 18 - Conservation of Power and Water Resources, Parts 1 to 399 - of the Federal Code of Regulations (CFR).
FERC's oversight role of natural gas
FERC's natural gas responsibilities include regulation of:
- Pipeline, storage and liquefied natural gas facility construction
- Interstate transportation of natural gas
- Facility abandonment
- Oversees the construction and operation of pipeline facilities at United States points of entry for the import or export of natural gas
- Issues certificates of public convenience and necessity to prospective companies providing energy services or constructing and operating interstate pipelines and storage facilities
- Establishes rates for services
Environmental protection procedures
With respect to natural gas projects, FERC safeguards the environment by:
- Disclosing, analyzing and minimizing impacts where it is feasible and reasonable to do so;
- Encouraging applicants to communicate with relevant federal and state natural resources agencies, Native American nations and state water quality agencies prior to submitting an application;
- Ensuring that all applicants perform the necessary studies to make an informed decision on the project;
- Issuing environmental assessments impact statement for comment on most projects;
- Requiring steps to reduce environmental impacts with any certificate issued;
- Visiting proposed project areas to determine the range of environmental issues requiring analysis and holding scoping meetings as appropriate.
For more information:
- Environmental guidelines
- Miscellaneous guidelines and reports
- Natural gas and the environment
The project will cross federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as well as private lands. BLM-managed lands include four BLM districts: Coos Bay, Roseburg, Medford and Lakeview/Klamath Falls. It's estimated that 41.9 miles of BLM-managed lands will be crossed by the pipeline. Approximately 30.56 miles of National Forest System lands will be crossed in the Umpqua, Rogue River-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests. The project will cross approximately 0.65 mile of Reclamation facilities. Discussions are ongoing with the BLM, Forest Service and Reclamation regarding construction of the pipeline across these lands as well as procurement of a Right of Way Grant for the pipeline's permanent easement.
Coos and Douglas County, Oregon map
Jackson and Klamath County, Oregon map
Overall Project Map
About the Partners
Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP is a limited partnership between Williams Partners Operating LLC ("Williams Partners Operating") and Jordan Cove LNG L.P. ("Jordan Cove LNG"). Williams Partners Operating is 100 percent owned by Williams and Jordan Cove LNG is 100 percent owned by Veresen. Pacific Connector is a proposed 232-mile, 36-inch diameter interstate natural gas transmission system designed to transport up to 1,030,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas to Jordan Cove's LNG export terminal.
Williams, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns controlling interests in both Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ) and Access Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ACMP). Northwest Pipeline, a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P., is a 3,900-mile gas transmission system crossing the states of Washington,Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The bi-directional system provides access to British Columbia, Alberta, Rocky Mountain and San Juan Basin gas supplies.
Veresen is a publicly-traded dividend paying corporation based in Calgary, Alberta, that owns and operates energy infrastructure assets across North America. Veresen is engaged in three principal businesses: a pipeline transportation business comprised of interests in two pipeline systems, the Alliance Pipeline and the Alberta Ethane Gathering System; a midstream business which includes ownership interests in a world-class natural gas liquids extraction facility near Chicago, the Hythe/Steeprock complex, and other natural gas and NGL processing energy infrastructure; and a power business with renewable and gas-fired facilities and development projects in Canada and the United States, and district energy systems in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Veresen and each of its pipeline, midstream and power businesses are also actively developing a number of greenfield projects. In the normal course of its business, Veresen and each of its businesses regularly evaluate and pursue acquisition and development opportunities.