Energy Department gives conditional approval for Oregon coast liquefied natural gas terminal

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Energy Department has given conditional authorization for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

Monday’s approval means Jordan Cove LNG Terminal is the seventh project to get such authorization, but the start of exports may be years away.

The terminal would ship gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States.

The facility would be able to export up to 800 million cubic feet of natural gas a day 20 years.

Jordan Cove must still go through an environmental review and final regulatory approval.

The push for natural gas exports comes amid a boom largely resulting from a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.