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WSTN Applauds FERC Approval of Pembina's Jordan Cove LNG Project

Updated: May 23



WASHINGTON – The Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) Natural Gas Initiative applauds the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project today, an important milestone in opening up the swiftest path to exporting North American natural gas to Asian markets seeking lower-emission fuels.


FERC voted 2-1 to approve the construction of Pembina Pipeline Corp.’s Jordan Cove export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, and granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to the Pacific Connector Pipeline, which will bring stranded natural gas from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico basins to the terminal from Malin, Oregon. It is the first time that FERC has authorized an LNG export terminal on the U.S. West Coast.


“This important step forward represents much more than permission to build an LNG facility,” said Andrew Browning, President and CEO of WSTN. “This represents a decades-long path to creating jobs in construction, maintenance and operations throughout the western North American natural gas supply chain, as well as steady tax revenue and economic opportunities for rural communities and sovereign tribes in producing regions.”


“It also represents a way to help our friends and allies in Asia cut their emissions. The environmental gains that Jordan Cove and other LNG projects can help realize globally cannot be overstated. Over the last decade, the move to natural gas from higher-emission fuels has cut global emissions by the equivalent of 57 percent of South America’s entire emissions output,” Browning said.


“At a time of global uncertainty over Coronavirus and oil and gas prices, we can be certain that demand for LNG over the longer term is not slowing. It grew nearly 13 percent last year, and demand is expected to double by 2040 – with Asia accounting for 70 percent of that,” he said.


“WSTN will support any and all efforts to make Jordan Cove a reality,” he said. “Jordan Cove has the potential to immediately produce thousands of jobs in southern Oregon and regionally at a time of economic and social uncertainty.”


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Andrew Browning was featured in Oregon Live's article, quoted here:


"This represents a decades-long path to creating jobs in construction, maintenance and operations throughout the western North American natural gas supply chain, as well as steady tax revenue and economic opportunities for rural communities and sovereign tribes in producing regions," said Andrew Browning, president of Western States and Tribal Nations, an advocacy coalition for rural economic development."


Also published in The Astorian.


Andrew Browning was also quoted in Western Wire here:


"Leaders across from the West, however, continue to push for a green light for the project. Western States and Tribal Nations (WTSN), a coalition of state and local governments and sovereign tribes, applauded FERC’s approval.

WTSN President and CEO Andrew Browning said the Jordan Cove project will bring economic and tax revenue benefits to rural communities along the natural gas supply chain and will help Asian countries cut emissions.

“It also represents a way to help our friends and allies in Asia cut their emissions. The environmental gains that Jordan Cove and other LNG projects can help realize globally cannot be overstated. Over the last decade, the move to natural gas from higher-emission fuels has cut global emissions by the equivalent of 57 percent of South America’s entire emissions output,” Browning said."


Andrew Browning was also quoted in Rigzone here:


“This important step forward represents much more than permission to build an LNG facility,” commented Andrew Browning, president and CEO of the Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) Natural Gas Initiative, remarked in a written statement emailed to Rigzone. “This represents a decades-long path to creating jobs in construction, maintenance and operations throughout the western North American natural gas supply chain, as well as steady tax revenue and economic opportunities for rural communities and sovereign tribes in producing regions.”

The WSTN official also touted Jordan Cove LNG’s environmental benefits for its potential customers.

“It also represents a way to help our friends and allies in Asia cut their emissions,” Browning stated. “The environmental gains that Jordan Cove and other LNG projects can help realize globally cannot be overstated. Over the last decade, the move to natural gas from higher-emission fuels has cut global emissions by the equivalent of 57 percent of South America’s entire emissions output.”

Browning also referenced the LNG market amid current events.

“At a time of global uncertainty over Coronavirus and oil and gas prices, we can be certain that demand for LNG over the longer term is not slow,” he noted. “It grew nearly 13 percent last year, and demand is expected to double by 2040 – with Asia accounting for 70 percent of that.”


Andrew Browning was also quoted in Dredge Wire here:


“This represents a decades-long path to creating jobs in construction, maintenance and operations throughout the western North American natural gas supply chain, as well as steady tax revenue and economic opportunities for rural communities and sovereign tribes in producing regions,” said Andrew Browning, president of Western States and Tribal Nations, an advocacy coalition for rural economic development."

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