LNG pipeline developers hold Q&A tonight

SHADY COVE — Representatives of two companies proposing a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay and a pipeline that would pass through the Upper Rogue region on its way to Malin will provide a brief overview of the project and answer questions tonight in Shady Cove.

The town hall meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Grange Hall, 95 Chapparal Drive, Shady Cove.

The session was scheduled after an April meeting in Shady Cove disintegrated into a shouting match between company officials and the public.

"Based on what happened last time," said Dan Lattin, project manager for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, "that's why we're coming back. We answered a lot of questions then, but we know there are still a lot of questions and we feel we're the best people to answer them."

The LNG meeting is the first in the Upper Rogue since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft environmental impact statement on the project Aug. 29. A 90-day public comment period continues until Dec. 4.

"We wanted to have a Q&A-style town hall because when FERC comes to town at the end of October, their meetings will not take questions from the audience. There will be an opportunity for the audience to get up and make comments, but that's all," Lattin said.

Toni Woolsey said opponents have wanted a question-and-answer session from the beginning. The pipeline's proposed route crosses three of Woolsey's properties.

"I think we taught them a lesson last time," said Woolsey. "We wanted a question-and-answer period then, and also the time before when they came out, but they wouldn't do it."

Woolsey said she didn't find out about tonight's meeting until Monday, and Marcie Laudani, who has been a vocal opponent of the pipeline, hadn't heard about the meeting until she was asked for comment on Tuesday.

"You'd think as an affected property owner that I'd know about all meetings," said Laudani. "I didn't get anything. It sounds like there's going to be some shady dealings in Shady Cove. Something is definitely up."

The 230-mile Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline would begin at the proposed Coos Bay terminal, where ships carrying liquefied natural gas would unload. The liquid would be converted back to a gas and then pushed through the pipeline until it reached a major existing pipeline, near Malin, not far from the California state line.

At maximum capacity, a billion cubic feet of natural gas would be conveyed each day through a 36-inch diameter pipe.

The FERC meeting will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Red Lion Hotel in Medford.

For more information on the project, go to www.pacificconnectorgp.com, www.jordancoveenergy.com or www.ferc.gov/ (click on "For Citizens" then "Projects Near You").

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