ASTORIA - Wednesday's four-agency meeting on the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project four miles south of Skamokawa will now be held at the Clatsop County Fair and Expo Center, 92937 Walluski Loop, in Astoria.

It will still begin at 4 p.m., with separate agency information or public comment sessions to follow until 8 p.m.

The multi-agency meeting had been scheduled for the Holiday Inn Express, but the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality decided a larger venue would be needed to accommodate a large anticipated turnout, according to department spokeswoman Marsha Danab.

"There's a lot of momentum after the rally in Salem last week," she said. "Because of the response that we had to the meeting notice, we realized we're going to be bursting at the seams."

At the meeting staff members from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service will share information about their agencies' authority and role in the federal removal/fill permit process for the proposed Bradwood Landing LNG terminal and pipeline. They will also clarify distinctions from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission siting process for the facility.

In addition to an LNG license from FERC, the Bradwood project will need various state and federal approvals before project developer NorthernStar Natural Gas Co. can begin construction on a $600 million LNG receiving terminal 20 miles east of Astoria. The project includes a 36-mile pipeline extending approximately 18.9 miles from the terminal site, through Clatsop and Columbia counties, crossing the Columbia River at Port Westward and continuing into Washington.

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