March 12, 2019 9:30 a.m.
An update on the Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project was the main focus for the March Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting on Monday.
Michael Hinrichs, the manager for media and communications for the project, spoke to the room of business leaders and local government officials about changes the project has undergone as well as goals for the future.
The pipeline has been a hot topic of debate at local and state public hearings.
Many supporting the project say it would bring jobs, boost the economy, and bring much needed tax dollars to the county at a time that spending deficits loom over the county budget.
Opponents worry about the impact the project will have on natural resources and that any boons for communities and the economy will be temporary with those benefits dissipating once the pipeline is constructed.
Hinrichs, who has been with the Pacific Connector Pipeline Project since 2012, presented information pertaining to a number of issues and concerns around the project including usable land above and around where the pipeline will be buried, how the pipeline would use horizontal installation to avoid most bodies of water it might pass through, wildfire mitigation, safety concerns and precautions and more.
Hinrichs says Douglas County would see about $5 million in tax revenue annually, and that amount could be expected to be consistent for 20 or more years of predictable income.
He also outlined plans the new parent company, Pembina, has proposed for salmon habitat restoration, community enhancement, millions in school funding for Coos County and coastal Douglas County, as well as projected employment increases both directly and indirectly related to the project.
Jordan Cove has refiled for building permits needed to begin work on the project, that were previously nullified.
If those permits and a large number of other factors fall into place for the project to break ground, Hinrichs says the pipeline project would take about 2 years to complete and the Coos Bay natural gas terminal would take about 4 ½ years to fully construct.