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Senate Passes Energy Bill with Provisions to Expedite LNG Exports

Reuters reports that today the U.S. Senate passed S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the “first broad energy bill in nine years” which, among other things, “requires the Department of Energy [DOE] to issue a decision on LNG projects within 45 days of an environmental assessment,” compared to an energy bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives...

FERC Defends Rejection of Claims of Induced Gas Production in Reviewing LNG Export Terminal Application

Law360 reports that in the court appeal of FERC’s orders approving the Corpus Christi LNG export terminal, FERC stands by its policy that, in its environmental review of Corpus Christi LNG’s export project application, FERC was not required to consider the environmental effects of potential increased gas production caused by the project.  Sierra Club and other environmental groups...

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...

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...

Woodfibre LNG Receives Environmental Assessment Certificate for B.C. Export Terminal

The British Columbia (B.C.) Environmental Assessment Office has issued an environmental assessment certificate approving Woodfibre LNG’s proposed liquefaction and export terminal near Squamish, B.C.  According to The Vancouver Sun article, the facility “still requires federal environmental approval and it could be the first test of the incoming Liberal government’s approach to...

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...

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