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MARAD Approves Surrender of Port Dolphin Energy Deepwater Port License

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has granted Port Dolphin Energy’s request to surrender and terminate its Deepwater Port License authorizing it to own, construct and operate an LNG deepwater port approximately 28 miles off the western coast of Florida, and approximately 42 miles from Port Manatee, Manatee County, Florida.  In October 2015, FERC granted Port Dolphin...

GAO Releases Report on the Implications of Using U.S. LNG Carriers for Exports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report analyzing the effects on jobs and the U.S. maritime industry if Congress were to pass legislation requiring U.S. produced LNG to be exported via U.S.-built-and-flagged carriers.  The report finds that such a requirement could expand employment for U.S. mariners and shipbuilders if it does not reduce the expected...

HIOS Files Application to Serve Delfin Deepwater LNG Port

High Island Offshore System, L.L.C. (HIOS) has filed an application with FERC for authorization to abandon certain underutilized offshore pipeline facilities and transportation services to allow it to provide gas transportation service to the Delfin Deepwater Port LNG export terminal proposed for offshore Louisiana.  HIOS states that once FERC approves the abandonment, the facilities...

N.Y. Governor Cuomo Rejects Port Ambrose Deepwater LNG Port

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to the U.S. Maritimes Administration (MARAD) disapproving of the grant of a deepwater port license for Liberty Natural Gas’s proposed Port Ambrose Deepwater Port LNG import terminal for offshore New York and New Jersey.  According to the letter, the Deepwater Port Act requires the approval from the governor of each adjacent coastal...

N.J. Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. Urges Veto of Port Ambrose LNG Project

Yesterday, New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging him to “use the authority vested to [him] under the Deepwater Port Act” and veto Liberty Natural Gas’s proposed Port Ambrose Deepwater LNG Import Terminal for offshore New Jersey and New York.  The letter states that because “domestic natural gas production has been...

Coast Guard Releases FEIS for Proposed Port Ambrose LNG Import Terminal

The U.S. Coast Guard has released its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for Liberty Natural Gas’s proposed Port Ambrose Deepwater Port LNG import terminal to be located offshore New York and New Jersey.  According to the Liberty Natural Gas press release, the FEIS “confirms that the project is needed, the location is safe, and the impacts to the environment are...

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