The company planning to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River has filed for a federal permit. A process the company CEO claims can't be stopped by Clatsop County

Warrenton-based Oregon LNG says the application filed Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will outweigh Clatsop County opposition.

Chief executive Peter Hansen contends the county doesn't have jurisdiction over an interstate pipeline feeder that would be required to connect to the terminal. The county has withdrawn land use approval for a feeder pipeline.

The Columbia River terminal would cost an estimated $6.3 billion. Another LNG export terminal is proposed at Coos Bay. They would liquefy natural gas and ship it to markets in Asia.

The federal permitting process takes about a year. The projects also need state air, water and shoreline use permits.

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