ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Clatsop County commissioners voted to reject a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline and terminal on more than 40 miles of county land.
The board concluded that Oregon LNG's proposed pipeline violated land-use rules. Wednesday's unanimous vote got a standing ovation from LNG opponents who wore red shirts to signify their opposition.
The county commission approved zoning for the pipeline in 2010. Four months later, a newly elected slate of commissioners reversed the decision. In a lawsuit, the company argued the first decision was irreversible. The Oregon Court of Appeals disagreed last year.
The terminal was originally envisioned as a means to import liquefied gas, but technological advances touched off a boom in domestic exploration and production. After that, the LNG proposal began to focus on exporting domestic supplies to Asia.