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  1. D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC Handling of Cove Point LNG Export Application

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the assertion by environmental groups that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did an inadequate review of Dominion (NYSE:D) plans to develop the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Maryland. After hearing oral arguments in the case on April 19, a three-judge panel for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion July 15 that rejected arguments put forth by EarthReports d/b/a Patuxent, as well as Riverkeeper and other petitioners. The environmental groups had challenged FERC’s conditional authorization of the conversion of the Cove Point LNG facility from an import maritime terminal to a mixed-use, import-and-export terminal. The petitioners contend that FERC failed to consider several environmental impacts that the Cove Point conversion project might have, and thus failed to satisfy its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. But in keeping with the reasons outlined earlier this year in a Sierra Club challenge to a FERC decision, “the Commission was not required under NEPA to consider indirect effects of increased natural gas exports through the Cove Point facility, including climate impacts,” the appeals court held. The petitioners remaining challenges “fail to show that the Commission did not adequately address these concerns,” the appeals court went on to say. The Cove Point LNG facility is located in Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It is owned by Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP. The facility was originally constructed to serve as an import terminal for maritime LNG shipments. Due to changes in market conditions, Cove Point was largely dormant from 1980 until 1994. In 1994, the Commission authorized the reactivation of Cove Point’s vaporization and storage facilities and the construction of a liquefaction facility that could turn conventional natural gas into LNG for storage, the court noted. Eventually, in April 2013, Dominion filed an application for authorization to convert its Cove Point LNG facility from a facility for maritime LNG imports to a dual-use facility for maritime LNG exports and imports. The project called for the construction of an additional liquefaction facility within the Cove Point facility’s existing footprint as well as modifications to Cove Point’s marine terminal facilities and compressors on its dedicated pipeline in Virginia. The project did not include the addition of any LNG storage tanks or any increase in the size or frequency of LNG marine traffic previously authorized for the Cove Point LNG terminal, the court noted. Under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), regulatory oversight for the export of LNG and supporting facilities is divided between the FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). “The Commission devoted almost two years to preparing an environmental assessment of over 200 pages for the Cove Point expansion project,” the court said. FERC concluded that the LNG export facility would not significantly affect “the quality of the human environment.” FERC outlined certain mitigation measures for Dominion and eventually issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). FERC also concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not required because the new facilities would be within the footprint of the existing LNG terminal. “Accordingly, because petitioners fail to show that the Commission’s NEPA analysis was deficient for failing to consider indirect effects of the Cove Point conversion project or inadequately considered their remaining concerns and that the Commission thus acted arbitrarily and capriciously, we deny the petition for review,” the appeals court concluded. Judge Judith Rogers drafted the opinion for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in No. 15-1127. This article was republished with permission

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    Mon, 18 Jul 2016

  2. Senate-House energy policy bill conference gets under way

    The joint congressional conference on federal energy policy reform legislation formally began on Sept. 8 as Republicans and Democrats from both sides of the Capitol acknowledged that changes are needed and much hard work lies ahead.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  3. Moniz: US should review energy security policy to address changes

    It is time for the US to take a fresh, comprehensive look at its energy security policies so they reflect 21st century energy market changes, challenges, and needs, US Energy Sec. Ernest G. Moniz told a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

  4. D.C. Circuit affirms FERC handling of Cove Point LNG export application

    Groups claimed FERC had done insufficient environmental review

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  1. Transco files FERC application for Gulf Connector gas pipeline

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  2. Venture Global to develop LNG export facility in Louisiana

    Venture Global LNG is developing a liquefied natural gas ( LNG ) export facility, the Calcasieu Pass Project, in southwestern Louisiana. The export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, will be 203 acres along the Calcasieu Ship Channel where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Wed, 10 Dec 2014

  3. ANGA urges US to scrap dual approvals for LNG export projects

    The US could lose an important global opportunity if it doesn’t move more quickly on its LNG export decisions, America’s Natural Gas Alliance said in a new study. “This is not about trying to get 20 export facilities quickly built,” ANGA Pres. Martin J. Durbin told reporters as the study was ...

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    Thu, 16 Apr 2015

  4. Kinder Morgan awards EPC contract to IHI E&C for planned LNG export facility at Elba Island, Georgia

    When completed, the Elba Liquefaction Project will process and liquefy a total capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG.

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    Wed, 6 Apr 2016

  5. Wiilliams files for Transco gas pipeline expansion

    Williams Partners said it has filed for FERC approval to expand its Transco gas pipeline in Texas and Louisiana.

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  6. ExxonMobil affiliates plan Canadian LNG export

    Affiliates of ExxonMobil Corp. last month applied to Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) to build an LNG export plant at one of two sites on the British Columbia coast.

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    Wed, 10 Jul 2013

  7. Encana to acquire stake in Kitimat LNG export project in Canada

    Calgary-based Encana Corporation has agreed to acquire a 30 percent interest in the planned Kitimat LNG export terminal, located on the west coast of central British Columbia, and the associated natural gas pipeline.

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    Fri, 18 Mar 2011

  8. Another Kitimat LNG project receives LNG export license

    Plans to export Canadian-produced natural gas as LNG moved ahead Feb. 2 when Canadas National Energy Board approved application by BC LNG Export Cooperative LLC for a license to export LNG from Kitimat, BC, mainly to Asian markets.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2012

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