Clatsop County staff has recommended that Hearings Officer Peter Livingston deny a land-use application to put 41 miles of pipeline through the county for the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas project.

A public hearing for Oregon Pipeline LLC's consolidated land use application began Thursday in Astoria. The proposed pipeline is 121 miles long and would connect to a natural gas hub in Molalla. Of this, 41 miles would cross through Clatsop County at a slant, running in a southeasterly direction from Warrenton, crossing seven different zoning designations and three special overlay zones.