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Media Advisory: Upcoming Public Comment Hearings for Jordan Cove Removal-Fill Permit Application - 01/07/19

Five public hearings are being held Jan. 7-15 to hear comment on the removal-fill permit application for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project:

  • Klamath Falls: Monday, Jan. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Klamath Falls Community College, Commons Building, 7390 S 6th St.
  • Central Point: Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jackson County Expo, Padgham Pavilion, 1 Peninger Rd.
  • Canyonville: Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Seven Feathers Casino, Cedar Room, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln.
  • North Bend: Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mill Casino, Salmon Room West, 3201 Tremont Ave.
  • Salem: Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Auditorium, 700 Summer St NE.

At-capacity attendance is possible at some hearings. To ensure suitable media access, please contact Ali Ryan Hansen, Oregon Department of State Lands Communications Manager, at 503-510-6860 or .hansen@state.or.us">ali.r.hansen@state.or.us in advance or upon arrival. Hansen is the onsite media contact for all five hearings. 

More about the public comment hearings and Oregon’s removal-fill permit requirements:

Public encouraged to attend upcoming public comment hearings for Jordan Cove Energy Project removal-fill permit application

Oregon Department of State Lands website for the Jordan Cove Energy Project

 

Public encouraged to attend upcoming public comment hearings for Jordan Cove Energy Project removal-fill permit application - 12/21/18

Five public hearings will be held between Jan. 7 and 15 to hear comment on the removal-fill permit application for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.  

In order to protect Oregon's water resources, the state removal-fill law requires projects that remove or fill material in wetlands or waterways to obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands (DSL). Input received during the permit application public comment period is used to determine what additional information the applicant may be required to provide, what issues the applicant may need to address, and ultimately to inform the Department’s permit decision.  

DSL will hold five public hearings to hear comment on the application: 

•    Klamath Falls: Monday, Jan. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Klamath Falls Community College, Commons Building, 7390 S 6th St.
•    Central Point: Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jackson County Expo, Padgham Pavilion, 1 Peninger Rd. 
•    Canyonville: Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Seven Feathers Casino, Cedar Room, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln.
•    North Bend: Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mill Casino, Salmon Room West, 3201 Tremont Ave.
•    Salem: Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Auditorium, 700 Summer St NE. Please note this is a new location, directly across the street from the original DSL location.  
 
Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. for comment signup to begin. DSL asks that all attendees contribute to a respectful setting and a productive public comment hearing by following the hearing ground rules and comment procedures available on the DSL website: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/WW/Pages/jordancove.aspx 

Comments may also be submitted to jordancove@dsl.state.or.us, by postal mail, or through a comment form. Full comment submittal information is available on the DSL website. 

The 60-day public review and comment period began Dec. 6, 2018, and ends Feb. 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. All comments must be received by this date and time to be considered. 

The complete application is available for download on the DSL website. Paper copies of the application are also available at the Coos Bay Public Library, the Sutherlin Library, the Winston Branch Library, the Jackson County Library, and the Klamath County Library. 

State to explore establishing Elliott State Forest as a research forest - 12/18/18

SALEM, Ore. –  The State Land Board today voted to move forward with next steps to keep the Elliott State Forest publicly owned.

Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, and Treasurer Tobias Read unanimously directed the Department of State Lands (DSL) to work with Oregon State University to develop a plan for transforming the Elliott into a research forest. Board members also noted the importance of continuing to involve tribes, local governments, other state agencies, environmental organizations, and other key stakeholders in development of a plan.

The plan is expected to include a timeline for submitting a Habitat Conservation Plan and an outline for engaging stakeholders on the range of benefits the forest provides, including recreation access, conservation, and working forest research.  

During today’s State Land Board meeting, the Board also approved a declaration to implement the statute enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 that provides $100 million in bonding to decouple the Elliott State Forest from the Common School Fund or compensate the fund for preservation of noneconomic benefits.

Other Board actions included:

  • Endorsement of a 2019 legislative concept to transfer administration of Oregon’s unclaimed property program to the State Treasurer’s Office.
  • Approval of a resolution calling on the Oregon Legislative Assembly to pass legislation that would identify alternative funding sources and/or management options for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
  • Clarification that the 3.5 percent maximum distribution to school districts from the Common School Fund does not include the distribution from the Common School Fund to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for school districts’ unfunded pension liability that was approved in Senate Bill 1566. DSL Director Vicki Walker also noted that the 2019 PERS distribution is $11.5 million; the distribution to the Oregon Department of Education for school districts in fiscal year 2019 will total $60.8 million. 
  • Approval of rules for granting easements on state-owned lands.
  • Approval of sale of .4 acres of state-owned filled lands in Coos County.

The full meeting video is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUW4pFTkn5g

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.