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Court Denies Sierra Club Appeals of Freeport LNG and Sabine Pass LNG Orders

  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued two opinions denying (1) Sierra Club’s and Galveston Baykeeper’s challenges to FERC orders authorizing Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to construct and operate LNG export terminal facilities at its LNG import terminal on Quintana Island in Brazoria County, Texas, and (2) Sierra Club’s challenges to FERC orders authorizing Sabine Pass LNG to increase the liquefaction capacity at its proposed LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. from 16 to 20 million tons per year.  In the opinions, among other things, the Court...
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Environmental Review of Petronas’s Proposed B.C. LNG Terminal Resumes

Reuters reports that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has resumed its review of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNWLNG) project near Lelu Island, British Columbia.   Malaysian state oil company Petronas is the primary sponsor of the PNWLNG project.  The CEAA review process was paused in March to permit CEAA to obtain more information about the proposal from PNWLNG.  According to the report, CEAA now has three months to complete its...
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Dominion Cove Point LNG Files Construction Progress Report

Dominion Cove Point LNG has filed a report with FERC covering construction progress at its liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Lusby, Md. through May 2016. The report states that engineering is 99.8% complete, engineered equipment procurement is 99% complete, and construction is 38% complete.    
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Rio Grande LNG Files Response to Opposing Parties

Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC (together, RGLNG) have filed an answer with FERC opposing various entities’ motions to intervene, protests and comments regarding RGLNG’s application to construct and operate a liquefaction and LNG export terminal along Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas, and an interconnected pipeline. RGLNG requests that FERC (1) reject approximately 90 motions to intervene filed by various individuals and organizations as procedurally deficient; (2) reject the joint protest of Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife because, among other...
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State of Alaska May Increase Stake in Alaska LNG Project

KTOO reports that Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s administration is considering increasing Alaska’s stake in the Alaska LNG Project or taking over ownership completely.  Currently, the state owns 25% of the project through the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.  BP Alaska LNG LLC, ConocoPhillips Alaska LNG Company, and ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC, are the other sponsors of the project.  The report states that the administration is in talks with the other owners because they “have indicated they may not be ready to move the project forward next year as planned, as low oil prices have...
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Sabine Pass LNG Files Construction Status Report

Sabine Pass LNG filed a report with FERC covering construction progress at its LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. through May 2016.  The report states that liquefaction Train 1 substantial completion was achieved on May 27, 2016, and substantial completion for Train 2 is anticipated by late September 2016.  Trains 3 and 4 targeted substantial completion dates are April 2017 and August 2017,...
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FERC Approves Freeport LNG Feeder Pipeline Project

FERC has issued an order authorizing Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP (Gulf South) to construct and operate the Coastal Bend Header Project pipeline facilities which will provide 1.42 Bcf/day of firm gas transportation service to Freeport LNG Development, LP’s liquefaction and LNG export terminal under construction on Quintana Island in Brazoria County, Texas.  BP Energy Company, Chubu US Gas Trading LLC, Osaka Gas Trading & Export LLC, and E.ON Global Commodities North America LLC have signed precedent agreements for all of the firm transportation capacity from the Coastal Bend Header...
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