Oregon LNG is a liquefied natural gas project that would bring in more than $90 million in new annual tax revenues to Clatsop County, while creating thousands of direct and indirect construction and operating jobs. Oregon LNG is currently working through federal, state, and local permitting processes with the expectation of construction beginning Q4 of 2016 and full operation by 2020.

The $6 billion project will include an LNG export terminal located in Warrenton, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River, and a natural gas connector pipeline to bring largely Canadian natural gas from an existing pipeline in Washington State to the terminal site. Terminal and pipeline are both designed to the highest environmental and safety standards. The project will produce up to 9 million metric tones of LNG annually using the cleanest and most energy efficient, all-electric production process.  

New technologies have unlocked abundant supplies of natural gas across North America. These reliable, secure new supplies of this cleaner burning fuel can power new manufacturing and industrial facilities along pipeline routes, creating new jobs. The surplus can be sold to other countries, particularly in Asia, that want it in part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their current power generation facilities. Exporting a small portion of North American natural gas creates many more jobs and further boosts our economy.  

What’s required is a terminal to liquefy the natural gas and load it on ships, along with a connecting pipeline convenient to both the North American supplies and Asian markets.  Clatsop County, Oregon is a perfect location for this liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.   

Here are some of the ways the Oregon LNG project would benefit nearby communities:

  • $90 million annually in new local property tax revenue that can be used for schools, the community college, public safety, and other critical local needs
  • 3,000 good construction jobs for five years; 125 permanent jobs on the project itself
  • 7,000 indirect jobs created regionally for five years, 1,300 thereafter
  • Paychecks largely spent locally, supporting local businesses
  • More revenue from currently wasted sewer water, which Oregon LNG would buy as its primary cooling water source; most would evaporate, the rest would be fully treated before it is discharged
  • Three tugboats will operate 24/7 and could be used in local emergencies, assisting the Port of Astoria as fireboats if needed and could assist the Coast Guard if requested
  • The pipeline bringing gas to the project can also supply other new clean local industries, diversifying the local economy

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