The latest on the Jordan Cove natural gas pipeline project

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce held its last energy briefing meeting of the year on Monday, with a focus on Jordan Cove. The director of communications for the project spoke about the proposed pipeline.

If approved, the Jordan Cove Pipeline would connect from the Piceance Basin to the Ruby Pipeline, which would carry the natural gas to Oregon and then it would be shipped to international markets.

“Jordan Cove represents a single advantageous opportunity. It's a direct connect between the Piceance and then the Oregon coast, to then get to the largest markets in the world," said Michael Hinrichs, the director of communications for the project.

Right now, the project is in the permitting phase.

“So we just filed our application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that kicks off the big permitting process that’ll take about a year," said Hinrichs.

After that will come state permits from Oregon and local permits. If that goes well then they plan to start the four-year construction project by mid-2019.

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