- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Planners of the Jordan Cove Energy Project have received Canadian approval to export natural gas from Canada to the United States.

The OK from the Canadian National Energy Board is just one of many hurdles developers must clear before building a plant in Coos Bay, Ore., that would be used to chill gas for export as a liquid to Asia.

The project led by Calgary-based Veresen Inc. still needs a Department of Energy license to send gas to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with the United States, such as India and Japan. It also must pass environmental muster.

Jordan Cove spokesman Michael Hinrichs says Thursday’s approval ensures an additional supply source, and prospective customers won’t have to rely only on American natural gas from the Rockies.

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