Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski Thursday repeated his intention to ask a U.S. Court of Appeals to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to license the proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal before environmental mitigation plans were fully evaluated and approved and the state permitting process was complete.
"I have been clear that FERC should not issue a license until all environmental issues are appropriately addressed and not before state permit decisions have been rendered," Kulongoski said. "I am deeply disappointed that FERC has chosen to ignore Oregon's concerns in this matter and have asked the Attorney General to seek prompt judicial review."
Judicial review follows the commission's decision to deny the governor's request for a rehearing on the proposed terminal. The request for a rehearing was the final administrative step a state must take before legal action can be initiated. Oregon now has 60 days to file in a U.S. Court of Appeals.