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Motion to Reopen Record and Request Order Set Aside: Jordan Cove Energy Project

Motion to Reopen Record and Request Order Set Aside: Jordan Cove Energy Project

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Published by Amelia Templeton
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JOHNR.KROGER
AttorneyGeneral
MARY
H.
WILLIAMS
DeputyAttorneyGeneral
Re:JordanCoveEnergyProject,LPDocketNo.PacificConnectorGasPipeline,LPDocketNos.CP07-444-000CP07-441-000CP07-442-000CP07-443-000
DEPARTMENTOFJUSTICE
GENERALCOUNSELDIVISION
December2,2011Ms.KimberlyD.BoseFederalEnergyRegulatoryCommission888FirstStreetN.E.,RoomlAWashingtonDC20426DOJFileNo.330-050-GN4729-07DearSecretaryBose:Enclosedforfilingintheabove-referenceddockets:STATEOFOREGON'SMOTIONTOREOPENTHERECORDANDREQUESTTOSETASIDEORDER.Exhibits1through4.CompiledServiceList.CertificateofFiling/Service.Jant
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PrewiAssistantAttorneyGeneralNaturalResourcesSectionEnclosure
JLP:jrs/#3118063
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1162CourtStreetNE,Salem,OR97301-4096Telephone:(503)947-4342Fax:(503)378-3784TTY:(800)735-2900www.doj.state.or.us
 
BEFORETHE
FEDERALENERGYREGULATORYCOMMISSION
JordanCoveEnergyProjectL.P.DocketNo.CP07-444-000PacificConnectorGasPipeline,L.P.DocketNo.CP07-441-000CP07-442-000CP07-443-000
STATEOFOREGON'SMOTIONTOREOPENTHERECORDANDREQUESTTOSETASIDEORDER
PursuanttoRule716oftheRulesofPracticeoftheFederalEnergyRegulatoryCommission(FERC),18CFR§385.716,theStateofOregonmovestheCommissiontoreopentherecordinthismatterforsubmissionofadditionalfactstobeconsideredindecidingtheStateofOregon'sPetitionforRehearingoftheCommission'sOrdergrantingauthorityandissuingcertificatesfortheJordanCoveEnergyProject,L.P(JordanCove)liquefiednaturalgas(LNG)importterminalandassociatedPacificConnectorGasPipeline(collectively"JordanCoveProject").TheadditionalfactstheStateseekstoformallyintroduceintotherecordarewell-knowntotheCommission:theRubypipelinebringingdomesticgastotheregionisnowoperational;JordanCoveEnergyProject,L.P.hasappliedtotheDepartmentofEnergy(DOE)forauthorizationtoexportnaturalgasandintendstoasktheCommissiontoamenditsexistingauthorizationtoaddexportfacilities;andthepriceofdomesticnaturalgashasremainedatapricesignificantlylowerthanthepricetheCommissionreliedupontofindtheprojectinthepublicinterest.
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TheStatealsorequeststhattheCommissionsetasideitsOrderauthorizingtheJordanCoveLNGimportfacilityandassociatedPacificConnectorpipeline'basedonthepetitionsforrehearingandtheseadditionalfacts.Untiltherecordinaproceedingshallhavebeenfiledinacourtofappeals,theCommissionmaysetasideitsorderatanytime.15U.S.C.§717r(a).JordanCovestatesinitsapplicationtoDOEforauthorizationtoexportnaturalgasthatitintendstoapplytotheCommissiontoamendtheexistingauthorizationbymid-2012withtheexpectationthattheCommissionwillauthorizetheimport/exportfacilitybytheendof2013.TheCommissionshouldsetasidetheexistingOrderandaddressinaseparateproceedingonanewapplicationthepublicinterestofwhatwillbeessentiallyanewproposalforadual-use,import/exportfacilityandassociated
pipeline.'
TheStateofOregonsubmitsthatanewapplication,ratherthanarequesttoamendtheexistingauthorization,istheappropriateprocedure.
MOTIONTOREOPENTHERECORD
Goodcauseexistsbecausethefactsdemonstrateachangeincorecircumstancesthatgoestotheveryheartofthecase.TheheartofthiscaseiswhethertheJordanCoveLNGimportterminalisinthepublicinterestandthePipelineisrequiredbypublicconvenienceandnecessitypursuanttotheNaturalGasAct(NGA).TheCommission'sOrderreliesontheProjectprovidinganadditionalimportednaturalgassupplytothe
1OrderGrantingAuthorityUnderSection3oftheNaturalGasActandIssuingCertificates,129FERC~61,234(2009).
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Asthepresentdocketshows,JordanCoveandPacificConnectorhavenotobtainedthenecessaryauthorizationstobeginconstructionoftheimportfacilityandpipeline,includingcertificationundersection401oftheCleanWaterActandconcurrenceundertheCoastalZoneManagementAct.ThefederallandmanagementagenciesareunlikelytoapprovetheextensiverightsofwayacrossfederallandsuntilJune,2013.LetterfromU.S.BureauofLandManagementtoPacificConnectordatedAugust2,2011,DocketNos.CP07-441-000andCP07-444-000,AccessionNo.20110901-0010(Aug.31,2011).Inaddition,asJordanCove'sDOEapplicationtoexportrecognizes,themodifiedfacilitydesigntoaccommodateexport,includingnewliquefactionfacilities,willrequirereviewundertheNationalEnvironmentalPolicyAct.Accordingly,shouldtheCommissionsetasidethepresentauthorizationtoimport,ampletimeexiststoreviewtheproposedimport/exportprojectinitsentirety.
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