PORTLAND, ORE., March 6, 2009 – The Oregon Court of Appeals dismissed a challenge yesterday raised by opponents of the Bradwood Landing project to a recent Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision. On January 27, 2009, LUBA upheld Columbia County's decision to approve Bradwood Landing’s consolidated land use application, seeking to construct a liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminal. In effect, the Bradwood Landing application was approved on 19 of 21 issues raised by opponents.
On February 18, 2009, opponents had petitioned LUBA’s decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to report that the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an Order of Dismissal on March 5, 2009, enabling our client NorthernStar Natural Gas, the developer of Bradwood Landing, to move ahead to complete its application process.
Attorneys Carrie Richter and Edward J. Sullivan, along with attorneys from Stoel Rives, are representing Bradwood Landing in its land use application.
“We are pleased with the Order of Dismissal,” stated Ms. Richter. “The dismissal order enables us to move forward in completing the application process.”
Once approved, the Bradwood Landing LNG terminal and its associated 36-mile pipeline would provide a new source of clean natural gas directly into the Oregon and Washington natural gas market, creating over 450 jobs in the next three years and potentially reducing the wholesale cost of natural gas by 13 percent.
“This project represents a significant advance for Oregon, and we look forward to completing the application process,” said Mr. Sullivan.
The project could translate into approximately $7.8 million dollars of taxes annually for Clatsop County at a critical time for the local economy.