The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public workshop at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the "Need for Facility" rule and how it might apply to liquefied natural gas receiving terminals.

Currently, the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council considers a "Need for Facility" standard for facilities that don't generate energy. Since the standard was written before people were considering LNG import facilities, the energy department will hold the informal discussion to get information and ideas from the public and the companies proposing the facilities. If amendments are proposed, the department will hold a separate rulemaking hearing.

The department will hear comments on whether or not a "Need for Facility" standard should apply to LNG import terminals, and also if such a standard should apply, how it should be implemented.

The meeting will be held at the Clatskanie River Inn, on U.S. Highway 30 just east of Clatskanie. To discuss this issue prior to the meeting, contact Phil Carver, Sam Sadler, Dave Stewart-Smith, Adam Bless or Cathy Van Horn at (800) 221-8035.

Those unable to attend the workshop, may send comments by Tuesday to: Phil Carver, Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301; or to (