COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) -- Coos County commissioners have granted final approval to a conditional land-use permit for the Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline.

The World newspaper in Coos Bay reported that most of the conditions were designed to protect the rights of property owners whose land the pipeline route crosses.

The conditions include compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation requirements before construction begins, and a groundwater supply monitoring plan approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Where land is condemned under eminent domain, the owner must be paid for all losses for destruction of forest growth, premature cutting of timber, and drops in value of remaining timber.

Several property owners along the pipeline route who attended the Wednesday meeting said they were unhappy with the decision. Opponents have 20 days to appeal.


Information from: The World,

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