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State agency upholds Clatsop decision against gas pipeline

PORTLAND, Ore. — State regulators have upheld a county commission decision to deny a permit for a pipeline to a proposed liquefied natural gas plant in northwest Oregon.

The decision came Wednesday from the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

The Clatsop County commissioners ruled against the pipeline in 2011.

The state agency upheld several of the commissioner’s findings, including that the high-pressure pipeline could pose a risk to homes nearby and that there’s a risk that an accident could release drilling lubricant as pipeline contractors bored holes beneath waterways.

The Oregon LNG plant proposed at Warrenton is one of two proposed along the Oregon Coast to receive natural gas in pipelines and then chill and condense it for shipment on vessels to Asia. The other plant would be at Coos Bay.

In related news, Federal agency will release Oregon LNG statement in February.

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