LNG spends 50 times opponents to defeat Coos County ballot measure

From:  The Oregonian/OregonLive

Voters in Coos County rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have banned the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and its 231-mile feeder pipeline.

Measure 6-162, titled the Coos County Right to Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance, did not mention Jordan Cove specifically. But it took direct aim at the proposed Coos Bay terminal and pipeline by banning the development of “non-sustainable energy systems” and the bulk transportation of fossil fuels in the county.

Jordan Cove and its parent company, Calgary-based Veresen Inc., have spent the past dozen years and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to win approval for the project. Their application was rejected by federal regulators last year, but the company reapplied in January in hope that a fossil-fuel friendly Trump Administration could help them get a green light.

In the meantime, Jordan Cove donated an unprecedented $600,000 on the campaign to defeat the ballot measure, blanketing the county with television, radio and newspaper ads against the initiative. In an effort to win over the counties 41,000 registered voters, they spent 50 times as much as the yes campaign’s $12,000.

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