Jackson County asks state to deny pipeline permit

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jackson County commissioners are asking the state to block a proposed natural gas pipeline that would ferry gas over 229 miles of southern Oregon to an export terminal near Coos Bay.

The Mail Tribune reports Wednesday that the Oregon Department of State Lands is considering whether to grant the project a key permit and is taking public comment until Feb. 3.

There is broad opposition to the pipeline in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a Canadian company, wants to use the pipeline to export North American natural gas to Asian markets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is reviewing the project at the national level.

That commission denied a previous iteration of the project in 2016.

It found that potential harms outweighed potential benefits.

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WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS-BANKRUPTCY

Parent company of The Bulletin files for bankruptcy

(Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Western Communications, the parent company of The Bulletin, has filed for bankruptcy.

The Bulletin says court filings made Tuesday show the company owes more than $10 million to more than 1,000 creditors and has assets of $10 million to $50 million.

Its largest unsecured creditor is newsprint supplier Page Cooperative Inc. of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which is owed about $946,000.

Western Communications previously filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2011 following a three-year dispute with the Bank of America, the company’s largest creditor at the time.

The company emerged from Chapter 11 protection in April 2012.

Western Communications is also the parent company of The Baker City Herald and four other Oregon publications, as well as two California newspapers.