Many local residents are dead-set against this project, but they have been rudely shouted down at public meetings by union organizers brought in from out of town to lobby for the few years of construction jobs this ill-conceived project would provide.
While it wouldn't mean much to those outside agitators and Canadian corporate fat-cats, the graphic below should resonate with local residents. It depicts the size relationship between just one element of this huge project (one of the two currently planned 160,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks), the Marshfield/Tioga Hotel building in downtown Coos Bay, and the FAA control tower at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) in North Bend.
So what? Sure, the Marshfield/Tioga Hotel and control tower at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport are the tallest buildings in Coos County. But public records show they are also the two tallest buildings anywhere on the U.S. west coast between Seattle and San Francisco!
Nevertheless, these two landmarks will be dwarfed by the Jordan Cove project when it's built.
The Scale of Things to Come
Talking to people here on the Oregon coast, I find that few of them have any concept of just how enormous the proposed Jordan Cove LNG facility will be, and how completely it will dominate our beautiful landscape if it's ever built.
Here's what most people we run into seem to be picturing when they try to envision the 160,000 cubic meter tanks that will be the centerpieces of the project on our bay.
|A relatively small natural gas storage tank|
And here's what the massive 160,000 cubic meter tanks planned for Coos Bay will really look like.
|Dragon LNG storage tanks under construction in Wales, UK|
The tanks above are precisely the same capacity as the two LNG tanks proposed for Coos Bay. Note the flatbed tractor-trailer in the red box to get a sense of the scale!
According to the FERC Final EIS, the top of the two domes here will be “about” 180 feet above grade – roughly the equivalent of an 18-story building – and 267 feet in diameter.
By comparison, at nine stories or about 100 feet tall, the historic Tioga/Marshfield Hotel in downtown Coos Bay is currently the tallest building anywhere on the Oregon coast.
|Marshfield Hotel in downtown Coos Bay|
Mass-wise, the comparison is even more striking: you could fit almost a dozen Tioga/Marshfield Hotels into each of the Jordan Cove LNG tanks.
The FAA control tower at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport is about the same height as the Tioga/Marshfield Hotel, at 98 feet tall according to a story in The World. You could fit almost 120 of these structures into each of the Jordan Cove LNG tanks!
|FAA air traffic control Tower at North Bend|
Four "Refrigerant Shelters" near the LNG tanks will each be 72 feet high … small compared with the behemoth LNG storage tanks, but still massive compared with other local structures.
|The sign boasts this is the "World's 1st Preassembled LNG Plant"|
And what else?
The South Dunes Power Plant -- carefully excluded from the FERC FEIS through skillful manipulation of its power output by the developers -- is another massive feature planned for the North Spit. Its Steam Turbine Generator enclosures are “only” about 50 feet tall, but the power plant will have several stacks “about” 100 feet tall. (There are lots of “abouts” all throughout this project’s design literature.)
The South Dunes Power Plant will be similar in scale to the Indiana Dunes/Michigan City power plant shown below.
|Similarly sized gas turbine powerplant|
Last but not least, this LNG operation will require the complete closure of Coos Bay to boats and ships by the Coast Guard while enormous LNG container ships arrive to load their dangerous cargo -- ships larger than the Titanic, and each carrying the energy equivalent of 55 nuclear bombs.
It's almost impossible to imagine just how enormous these LNG ships are. To help, here's a YouTube posting of a BBC documentary hosted by Top Gear's Richard Hammond.
|BBC presenter Richard Hammond dwarfed by LNG tanker's propeller|
So let's close now with the Canadian developer's cartoon-like rendering of what the bayside components of this massive brown-energy project will look like.
Almost cute, no?
But based on the information above ... Do you think it's an honest depiction?
|Artist's rendering of Jordan Cove LNG with berthed super-tanker (left), and South Dunes Power Plant (right)|