FERC Poised to Approve LNG Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is poised to give approval to several LNG export projects in the next few months according to a news story published in this afternoon’s Greenwire, an E&E publication. Hannah Northey writes that the FERC commissioners could vote on Thurs. June 19 to grant a license for the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana. This vote could be followed in relatively quick order by approvals on three other projects: (1) Freeport LNG’s facility on Quintana Island, Texas; (2) Dominion Resource’s Cove Point terminal on Chesapeake Bay; and (3) Cheniere’s Corpus Christi, Texas, facility.

The current status of the FERC reviews on these projects as follows:

  • Cameron LNG. Final environment impact statement (FEIS) issued on April 30, concluded that with proper mitigation measures, environment effects would be reduced to “less than significant levels.”
  • Freeport LNG. FEIS issued today (June 16) found that the project would “result in mostly temporary and short-term environmental impacts.”
  • Cove Point. The draft Environmental Analysis (EA) was released by FERC on May 15 and found that the project “would not significantly affect the quality of the human environment” a finding of “no significant impact” was recommended.
  • Cheniere Corpus Christi. The draft EIS issued last Friday (June 13) also concluded that “appropriate mitigating measures… would ensure that impacts… would be avoided or minimized and [thus] not be significant.”

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