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July 11, 2019

Oregon officials push back against proposed gas pipeline

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Local county officials in southern Oregon are asking the federal government to reject a Canadian company's bid to build a 229-mile underground natural gas pipeline in the area, saying the project would violate environmental regulations and provide only a short-term boost to the regional economy.

County commissioners in Jackson County said in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this month that they unanimously oppose the proposed pipeline, which would run through four southwest Oregon counties with a planned terminal near the port town of Coos Bay. Pembina, the Canadian-based company behind the project, has floated the proposal as one of the largest investments in rural Southern Oregon saying it would bring new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars to the area, according to The Medford Mail Tribune.

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