Neighbors feel left out of LNG terminal work camp approval process

NORTH BEND, Ore. - As the Jordan Cove Energy Project awaits approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, plans for where the workers who will build the liquefied natural gas terminal are moving forward.

But 61 neighbors of the proposed work camp appealed the decision to allow a camp on property in North Bend.

The appeal didn't stop the planning commission from unanimously approving a permit for Jordan Cove worker housing.

Jan Dilley wrote the appeal.

"All I was asking for: let us know so we can be a part of this decision," she said. "Instead they shut us all down and went ahead and approved it."

Only people living within 100 feet of the site were notified of a public hearing on the matter.

But residents in the Simpson Heights area said they are close enough to be worried about the effects of a 2,000 plus workforce camp a 1/10th of a mile away.

Neighbors are most concerned about traffic and safety.

"It's just overwhelming," Dilley said.

City planner David Voss said the council had no choice but to dismiss the appeal because of rules in the city's code.

And even if residents had opposed the site at the right time in the process, it might not have made a difference.

"I think they would have voted the same because the application was very thorough and it addressed all the criteria successfully," Voss said.

The permit is only for one year, but it can be extended after the year based on Jordan Cove's permitting progress.