U.S. Senator John Barrasso and 13 other lawmakers from Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to support the Jordan Cove LNG project.
The group urged FERC to complete the final environmental impact statement for the project as soon as possible.
In a bicameral letter to FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the lawmakers expressed support for the LNG export facility at Jordan Cove in southwest Oregon. The Jordan Cove LNG export project would give Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Indian Tribes, such as the Ute Indian Tribe on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, the opportunity to export natural gas to overseas markets.
The lawmakers explain how Jordan Cove is currently the only LNG export project which would allow natural gas shipped from these communities to reach overseas markets.
“As FERC’s draft EIS notes, the Jordan Cove Project is the only proposed LNG export facility that would provide Rocky Mountain communities the opportunity to access overseas markets. Specifically, it would allow gas shipped on the Ruby pipeline—as well as gas shipped on the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline—to be exported to overseas markets,” the lawmakers wrote.
They stressed that the overseas markets would give producers an alternative to markets in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
The group believes that after FERC has already given eastern and Gulf coast states the opportunity to access overseas markets, it should give Rocky Mountain states and Indian tribes the same opportunity.
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