Jordan Cove project denied permit

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- It's been called a potential gold mine for western Colorado, but the Jordan Cove project has hit a bit of a speed bump.

It would transport natural gas from the Piceance Basin near Parachute, to the Oregon coast.

The gas would be transferred through a newly constructed pipe and could then be sold to other places like Asia and Europe. Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese says the project was denied a permit under the Clean Water Act.

Originally, they were hoping to get federal approval by the end of the year.

“It’s really important that this project go forward even for environmental concerns. We'll have the ability to help China clean up their air quality issues by taking them off of dirty coal and into clean natural gas," said Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Supporters of the project say it would be a huge economic driver for rural Colorado. Those against it say fracking is bad for the environment.

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