Friday, February 19, 2010

From Columbia Riverkeeper; Oregon DEQ. Rejects Demands of NorthernStar LNG And 15 Other States File Amicus Brief Supporting Oregon's NSNG Lawsuit

Amicus Curiae Brief
Definition: Latin term meaning "friend of the court". The name for a brief filed with the court by someone who is not a party to the case.
"... a phrase that literally means "friend of the court" -- someone who is not a party to the litigation, but who believes that the court's decision may affect its interest." William H. Rehnquist, The Supreme Court, page 89.

Oregon Rejects Demands of NorthernStar LNG, 15 Other States File Amicus Brief Supporting Oregon’s Lawsuit Against NorthernStar
For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Brett VandenHeuvel, Director, Columbia Riverkeeper – 503 348 2436

Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper - 503 890-2441
Portland, OR - NorthernStar’s proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal suffered two serious setbacks that may endanger the project.

First, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a letter today Rejecting NorthernStar’s demand that DEQ issue permits in 2010.

“We are very pleased that the DEQ has clearly signaled its commitment to good science and sound process. The construction of an LNG terminal on the Columbia River would significantly impact our state’s land, air, water, and public safety,” stated Brian Pasko, Director of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The LNG terminal has suffered multi-year setbacks as state and federal agencies have asked for complete and accurate data on the project’s harm to salmon and impact to the Columbia River Estuary. NorthernStar, who recently stated they planned to start construction in 2010, demanded that DEQ issue permits within months. DEQ rejected these unusual demands.

DEQ’s February 17, 2010, letter states, “[NorthernStar’s] three principal demands are that DEQ: (1) drop its request for three-dimensional modeling,” (2) approve the project “without the benefit” of a consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service, and (3) “agree to issue its certification by July 2010.” DEQ rejected each demand and said that NorthernStar would either provide the requested data and extend the permitting timeline or DEQ’s “decision will likely lead to a denial of certification.”

Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, responded to DEQ’s letter. “NorthernStar’s demands indicate desperation. DEQ rejected these demands and has indicated that it’s willing to deny the project.”

In a second significant blow to the project, the Attorney Generals of fifteen other states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio, filed an amicus brief against Bradwood LNG in a lawsuit challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Bradwood project. The amicus brief supports Oregon’s position that Oregon has authority to deny the LNG terminals.

The amicus brief, filed by Joseph R. Biden III of Delaware, Martha Coakley of Massachusettes, and James “Buddy” Caldwell of Louisiana, among others, supports the arguments of Oregon , Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe, Columbia Riverkeeper, and other organizations.

“We’re thrilled that so many other states, along with Oregon and Washington, recognize the problems with the Bradwood application,” stated Scott Jerger from Field Jerger LLP, who represents Columbia Riverkeeper and other organizations.

An amicus or “friends of the court” brief may be submitted by non-parties who believe the issues in the case are so important that their interests are effected.


Anonymous said...

Let's see the amicus brief is filed by the VICE PRESIDENT's son and now the pro-LNG OREGONIAN writes this:

Can you say "delusional" ONLG and Bradwood?

Patrick McGee said...

Ain't that a "Hoot"?

Anonymous said...

just more rivercreeper fluff warm fuzzy feelgoody crap..when the dust settles Bradwood will be built and put into service

Anonymous said...

In what alternate universe?
The one where the President, Vice President, our state's senators, governor and attorney general all don't oppose LNG plants?
Or in the alternate world where there isn't 100+ years of North American NG available?
There is help for these sort of mental problems.
There is medication for hallucinations and therapy as well.

Anonymous said...

this is a Riverkeeper sourced "Press Release"-nothing more...they are notoriously unreliable when it comes to telling the complete version of a story---this is just more of the same--

Patrick McGee said...

Here's Where You Can Read The Actual Letter. Just Go There And Click On The Link To DEQ Response Letter

Thank you to Vonda Kay Brock for her submission.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, you can certaily believe anything you read on this web site. Would Patrick phony up letters and stuff? Is he a narcissist who would promote his own perspective? Just read his many, many comments on all the other local websites.

Marc said...

Believe this, bradwood landing is going to get their asses kicked on this thing and oregon DEQ isn't going to be much help either.