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Senators Markey and Boxer Oppose Automatic Approval of Gas Exports to European Union

U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman urging him to resist efforts by the European Union in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations to include language requiring the United States to grant automatic and expeditious approval of licenses to export crude oil and natural gas to EU nations.  The letter states that inclusion of such language in an agreement may be counter to U.S. law, could drive up prices for U.S. consumers, and could cause environmental...
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Article Discusses Environmental Issues Related to Petronas’ Proposed B.C. LNG Export Terminal

An article in The Globe and Mail discusses environmental issues related to Petronas’ proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal on Lelu Island, British Columbia (B.C.), including the potential impact of the terminal on the region’s salmon and steelhead trout habitat.
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FERC Approves Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

Yesterday, FERC issued an order approving the construction and operation of Dominion Cove Point LNG’s proposed export terminal project in Lusby, Md. and related facilities.  This is the fourth LNG export terminal project FERC has approved in the lower-48 states.  A Fact Sheet can be found here, FERC’s order can be found here, and the complete docket for the project can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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Woodfibre LNG and China’s Guangzhou Gas Group Sign Preliminary Offtake Agreement for B.C. LNG Supplies

Reuters reports that Woodfibre LNG (Woodfibre) has signed a preliminary offtake agreement with Chinese gas distributor Guangzhou Gas Group Co. Ltd (Guangzhou) for LNG supplies from Woodfibre’s proposed LNG terminal near Squamish, British Columbia (B.C.).  The article states that under the agreement, Woodfibre will provide 1 million tonnes of LNG per year, approximately half of the LNG facility’s production capacity, to Guangzhou over a 25 year period, starting in...
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Oregon Again Delays Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Review for Another 90 Days

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and Oregon LNG have entered into an agreement for a further stay until January 28, 2015, of DLCD’s decision under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) on whether Oregon LNG’s proposed LNG import and export terminal is consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Management Plan. The agreement states that additional stays of CZMA review may occur. The stay agreement can be found here, and the complete FERC docket for the Oregon LNG terminal project can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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B.C. Discounts Petronas Threat to Call Off LNG Export Terminal

The Globe and Mail reports that Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas’s statement that he is “ready to call off” the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG export terminal project in British Columbia could be a negotiating tactic, according to Rich Coleman, B.C.’s Minister of Natural Gas Development.  Abbas’s statement was in apparent frustration with the lengthy regulatory approval process, the uncertainty of B.C.’s LNG tax plan, and a “lack of appropriate incentives.”  Minister Coleman stated that he spoke with a Petronas representative today who indicated that talks on the terminal issues...
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Pivotal LNG to Sell LNG to Carib Energy for Transport to Puerto Rico

Pivotal LNG, Inc. (“Pivotal”) has announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement to sell LNG to Crowley Maritime Corp. (“Crowley”) subsidiary Carib Energy LLC (“Carib”), for use by Carib’s customers in Puerto Rico.  According to the press release, the LNG would be transported from Pivotal’s facilities via ISO containers loaded onto trucks to Crowley’s waterborne vessels in Jacksonville, Fla., and then delivered via vessel to Carib’s customers in Puerto...
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