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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Cliff Moore, Resource Stewardship Department Director at (360) 786-5553

Feds Begin Review of Pipeline Expansion Proposal

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a series of public meetings across western Washington in October to begin a review of a proposal from Oregon LNG to expand an existing natural gas pipeline. The existing liquid natural gas pipeline runs from the Canadian border south into Oregon, including a 24-mile stretch through eastern Thurston County.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, sent a notice to local governments throughout Washington alerting them to the proposed pipeline project and the public meetings, including a meeting on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in Chehalis at the V.R. Lee Community Building. Residents are invited to attend the meeting and give comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement, and what issues they would like to see addressed in the EIS process. FERC environmental consultants are in the beginning stages of planning and scoping the EIS process. FERC is also accepting written comments on the scope of the EIS process.

If the project is approved, construction in Washington is not expected to begin until 2016. In Thurston County, about 8.6 miles of the 24-mile stretch would be expanded, and most of that work would be done within the existing pipeline right-of-way, though some right-of-way segments would need to be increased under the current proposal.

WHAT: FERC Public Meeting on Proposed Pipeline Expansion EIS

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6p.m.

WHERE: V.R. Lee Community Building, 221 SW 13th Street in Chehalis

To send written comments about the proposed pipeline expansion project to FERC, you can send them via the "eComment" feature on the FERC website at www.ferc.gov, or you can send comments to the FERC office in Washington, DC:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426

All comments should include the Washington Expansion Project Docket Number, PF12-20-000.

For more information about the proposed pipeline expansion project, visit www.ferc.gov. To see the notice sent from FERC to Thurston County and other local jurisdictions, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us and click on "Feds Begin Review of Pipeline Expansion."



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3