Coastal Law

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photo courtesy of Heather Roskelley

Conserving & Protecting the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is the pride of the state, crucial as a public resource for recreation, industry, and vital species habitat. For decades, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has worked to protect shorelines and surrounding landscapes by promoting sustainability practices, resource conservation, and best land use policies from threatening resource extraction schemes and encroaching developers. Nevertheless, short-sighted development proposals continue to jeopardize coastal safeguards. Since 2004, Crag and Oregon Shores have teamed up for the “Coastal Law Project,” a collaborative partnership that aims to represent coastal communities in order to defend watersheds, beach access, and sensitive ecosystems. Crag’s attorneys work to provide a range of services aimed at protecting this treasured space, from educating the public about conservation laws and providing policy advice to fighting complex propositions for natural gas export terminals and challenging harmful construction projects. Together, Crag and Oregon Shores hope to help preserve Oregon’s coastal regions for generations to come.

What We’re Working On

The Fight Continues: FERC Approves Jordan Cove LNG

The Fight Continues: FERC Approves Jordan Cove LNG

In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic and national health emergency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally approved the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

For nearly a decade, out-of-state energy speculators have attempted to construct a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline in Coos Bay, which would export fracked gas to Pacific countries. We are working to prevent this dangerous and environmentally-destructive project from being constructed.

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

Jordan Cove LNG Takes Another Hit

This is the third major land use victory we have secured for local people fighting to protect their communities from LNG terminals. In 2010, we helped Columbia Riverkeeper defeat the Bradwood Landing LNG proposal. And in 2016, Crag worked with both Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores to defeat the Warrenton LNG export project.

Feds Deny Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

Feds Deny Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

In December 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a request from Canadian oil and gas companies for rehearing of the case surrounding the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline, finalizing the...

Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied applications for Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline to construct and operate a major LNG export facility in Coos Bay and southwest Oregon. Crag has worked for years with client Oregon Shores...

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Last week, a Hearings Officer in the City of Warrenton denied land use permits for Oregon LNG's natural gas terminal. Crag worked together with clients Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition to demonstrate the proposal's risks to the community...

The Future of Our Coast

The Future of Our Coast

What will Oregon's beaches and coastal communities look like in 100 years? How will storm surge and sea level rise impact building flooding? Erosion? Beach access? How would that future change if we were to adopt different land use management policies now? Yesterday I...

LNG Export Process Heats Up

LNG Export Process Heats Up

Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove-Pacific Connector LNG export terminal and pipeline.  Crag is working with a coalition of conservation groups and individual...

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

The Sand Lake Estuary is situated just north of Tierra Del Mar in Tillamook County on the Oregon Coast. The 900-acre Sand Lake is a gorgeous, mysterious, wild-salmon laden and relatively undeveloped natural area. Now, this beautiful and wild landscape will become part...

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