Friday, April 30, 2010

Clatsop County News Release - No Special Meeting Scheduled On Bradwood LNG Appeal

Department News Release

Thursday, April 29, 2010


The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will not hold a special meeting to consider whether to join the developer of the proposed Bradwood Landing LNG project in an appeal over the company’s land-use application.

Bradwood Landing LLC/NorthernStar LLC is challenging a ruling by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Bradwood is appealing LUBA’s April 12 ruling that remanded two issues related to the developer’s consolidated application back to the county for further clarification.

The county had the option of joining Bradwood/NorthernStar as a party in the Court of Appeals challenge, or allowing the company to handle the appeal on its own.

Bradwood/NorthernStar proposes to build a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal and pipeline at Bradwood, approximately 25 miles east of Astoria.'

The company’s consolidated land-use application was approved by the county board of commissioners in March 2008 but appealed by project opponents to LUBA, which rejected most of the appellants’ points but remanded two issues back to the county – the question of whether the development met the definition of small to medium scale, and the definition of “protect” as it relates to fishing areas.

In July 2009 the board approved new findings to address the remand issues, which were in turn again appealed to LUBA. The state panel again remanded the two issues back to the county in its April 12 ruling.

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