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Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to withdraw last

year’s approval of a liquefied natural gas land-use application and

will re-examine the issue in a public hearing.

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The board voted Nov. 8, 2010 to accept a hearings officer’s ruling

granting approval to the consolidated liquefied natural gas

pipeline application for Oregon Pipeline LLC. The decision was

appealed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals by project

opponents led by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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board, with three new members, voted Wednesday to file a notice of

withdrawal with the Land Use Board of Appeals for reconsideration

of the November 2010 ruling, which granted conditional approval for

the construction of 41 miles of pipeline to serve a proposed

liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.

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Jurisdictions have the authority to withdraw, re-examine and

potentially reverse land-use decisions prior to completing and

filing the record of the process with the Land Use Board of

Appeals.

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"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

deadline for the county to withdraw the November ruling was Friday,

Jan. 14, which is the day that the record of the prior proceedings

were due at the Land Use Board of Appeals.

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schedule for reconsideration will depend on the Board’s direction

after a public hearing Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington

Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria to discuss and determine the

scope of its review of the Oregon Pipeline application. That review

may, pending Board action, take place at a public hearing March 9,

10 a.m. at the Boyington Building. The board can limit its review

to the existing record, accept testimony from certain parties or

re-open the hearing process.

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"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

board voted 4-1 to approve the Oregon Pipeline application in

November. Three commissioners who voted to approve the application

were replaced by three new members, Debra Birkby, Peter Huhtala and

Scott Lee, who were sworn in Wednesday. The three new members

joined Commission Chairperson Dirk Rohne in supporting the

withdrawal Wednesday. Commissioner Patricia Roberts voted no.

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