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Sabine Pass LNG Files Monthly Construction Status Report

Sabine Pass LNG filed a report with FERC covering construction activities through July 2014 at its LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La.  Stage 1 (liquefaction trains 1 and 2) engineering is 99.4% complete, procurement is 99.5% complete, and subcontract and direct hire construction work are 46.6% and 35.6% complete, respectively.  Stage 1 overall project completion is 71.8% against the plan of 72.5%. Stage 2 (liquefaction trains 3 and 4) engineering is 81.3% complete, procurement is 58% complete, and subcontract and direct hire construction work are 24.7% and 5.1% complete,...
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DOE to Process Alaska LNG Export Application Expeditiously

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz recently stated that DOE will process Alaska LNG’s export application on a streamlined basis, given that DOE’s public interest determination for the proposal largely will be a formality since the export of Alaskan LNG will not affect gas markets in the lower-48 states.  The report states that DOE will follow its suspended practice and grant Alaska LNG an export license conditioned upon satisfactory completion of an environmental review of its proposed export...
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Louisiana LNG Energy Files Draft Resource Reports

Louisiana LNG Energy (LLNGE) has filed with FERC draft Resource Reports No. 1 (General Project Description) and 10 (Alternatives) as part of FERC’s National Environmental Policy Act pre-filing review process for LLNGE’s proposed Mississippi River LNG export terminal and interconnected pipeline at mile marker 46, Plaquemines Parish, La.  The draft Resource Reports can be found here (this is a large file), and the complete docket for the LLNGE project can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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FERC Adopts General Conformity Determination for the Proposed Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

FERC Staff has adopted as final its draft General Conformity Determination (GCD) for Dominion Cove Point LNG’s (DCP) proposed export terminal in Lusby, Md. and related pipeline facilities.  FERC received no public comments on the draft GCD, which was released in May 2014.  The GCD, prepared pursuant to the Clean Air Act, addresses the potential air quality impacts from DCP’s proposed project.  FERC staff concludes that the project will achieve conformity to Maryland and Virginia state implementation plans.  The GCD can be found here, and the complete docket for the DCP project can be...
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DOE Releases Addendum to Environmental Review Documents for LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a final Addendum updating its May 2014 “Draft Addendum To Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports Of Natural Gas From The United States.”  The Addendum provides additional information on the potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling activities gas production and exploration activities.  DOE states that the Addendum is not required by the National Environmental Policy Act, but was prepared “to be responsive to the public and provide the most current information available.”  DOE further...
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DOE Adopts Revised Procedures for Reviewing Applications to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations

In a notice submitted for publication in the Federal Register tomorrow (Friday), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it has adopted its proposal to suspend its practice of issuing conditional decisions on applications to export LNG from the lower-48 states to nations without a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.  In addition, DOE will no longer follow its Order of Precedence, but will act on applications in the order they become ready for final action.  An application is ready for final action using the following criteria: (1) for those LNG export projects requiring...
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Judge Rules County Zoning Exemptions Granted for Cove Point LNG Terminal Are Invalid

The Associated Press (AP) and Southern Maryland News (SoMdNews) report that a judge has ruled that zoning exemptions granted by Calvert County Commissioners for the Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal are invalid.  According to the SoMdNews report, Judge James Salmon ruled that “the exemptions violate the uniformity provision in the Land Use article and constitute[] a special law that violates the Maryland Constitution.”  According to the Judge, Commissioners attempted to completely exempt LNG export and import facilities and commercial power generating facilities from county zoning...
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